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I wanted to post these in meaningless drivel or our very awesome music forum, though they could elicit cider press conversations. I'm not really interested in getting all philosophical about them (though others are of course welcome to!), I just thought permies folks would enjoy them.

This one gave me chills and happy tears. It is in three languages, one of which is English, of 3,000 Israelis, Jews, Muslims, and Christians singing "One Day."


And this one, my son recommended as intro music to an instructional video I was considering making. Hm. Knowing him, he thought of it due to the macabre humor of this video, and that he knows Paul and I are actually trying to prevent a future like this. And, funnily enough, I do *love* this catchy tune and and am now a fangirl of Sylvan Esso.



Any other fantastic music that inspires you to be a part of building a better world?



 
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Words to One Day
by Matisyahu

See everybody that´s existing
Got a mind of their own
We´re all Kings and Queens
With a throne of our own
Tryin to raise a family
Is an empty home
We got to learn to stick together
Hate to be here alone
'Cause the world is a place
That will eat you alive in one day
Said the world is a place
That you can´t survive without faith

Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it´ll all turn around
Because

All my life I´ve been waiting for
I´ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don´t wanna fight no more
They´ll be no more wars
And our children will play
One day (one day), One day (one day)
One day (one day), One day (one day)
One day (one day), One day (one day)

It´s not about
Win or lose
We all lose
When they feed on the souls of the innocent
Blood drenched pavement
Keep on moving though the waters stay raging
In this maze you can lose your way (your way)
It might drive you crazy
But don't let it faze you no way (no way)

Gotta hold on
Livin life day by day
Gotta hold on
Put your focus on that one day

All my life I´ve been waiting for
I´ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don´t wanna fight no more
They´ll be no more wars
And our children will play
One day (one day), One day (one day)
One day (one day), One day (one day)
One day (one day), One day (one day)

One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence
Down with the hate
One day we´ll all be free
And proud to be
Under the same sun
Singing songs of freedom like

Gotta hold on
Livin life day by day
Gotta hold on
Put your focus on that one day

All my life I´ve been waiting for
I´ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don´t wanna fight no more
They´ll be no more wars
And our children will play
One day (one day), One day (one day)
One day (one day), One day (one day)
One day (one day), One day (one day)

Songwriters: Ari Levine / Peter Gene Hernandez / Philip Martin II Lawrence / Matthew Miller
 
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I'm glad you said 'joyful'!
...and I love your choices

Here's one...Patti Smith's songs and poems are always social commentary although not always 'joyful'...I think this one is though.....


I was dreaming in my dreaming
Of an aspect bright and fair
And my sleeping it was broken
But my dream it lingered near
In the form of shining valleys
Where the pure air recognized
And my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry
That the people have the power
To redeem the work of fools
Upon the meek the graces shower
It' s decreed the people rule

The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power

Vengeful aspects became suspect
And bending low as if to hear
And the armies ceased advancing
Because the people had their ear
And the shepherds and the soldiers
Lay beneath the stars
Exchanging visions
And laying arms
To waste in the dust
In the form of shining valleys
Where the pure air recognized
And my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry

Where there were deserts
I saw fountains
Like cream the waters rise
And we strolled there together
With none to laugh or criticize
And the leopard
And the lamb
Lay together truly bound
I was hoping in my hoping
To recall what I had found
I was dreaming in my dreaming
God knows a purer view
As I surrender to my sleeping
I commit my dream to you

Where there were deserts
I saw fountains
Like cream the waters rise
And we strolled there together
With none to laugh or criticize
And the leopard
And the lamb
Lay together truly bound
I was hoping in my hoping
To recall what I had found
I was dreaming in my dreaming
God knows a purer view
As I surrender to my sleeping
I commit my dream to you

The power to dream to rule
To wrestle the world from fools
It' s decreed the people rule
It' s decreed the people rule

I believe everything we dream
Can come to pass through our union
We can turn the world around
We can turn the earth' s revolution
We have the power
People have the power

Songwriters: FRED SMITH,PATTI SMITH
 
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Judith Browning wrote:I'm glad you said 'joyful'!
...and I love your choices

Here's one...Patti Smith's songs and poems are always social commentary although not always 'joyful'...I think this one is though.....


Thanks for your reply and for this one by Patti Smith, Judith. Some of my favorite people have enjoyed Patti Smith, and I've tried to like her songs, and have failed, until this one. I like this one.

Since no one else has replied yet, I'll add one more. This might already be in meaningless drivel under holiday songs or something, but I love the commentary about so many things in this; including different religions accepting each other, and families reuniting. So even though it's a Christmas/Winter Solstice song, I think it kind of fits here.




 
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