Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Rise up shepherd, rise up!"

I said yesterday I would rather listen to music, good music, than another commentator discussing the political primaries that are all around us.

Most of you know that I am Bruce Springsteen's biggest fan.  Along with giants like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan, he makes anthems that cause our hearts to swell and our spirits to lift.

He's done it again.  Though we all heard "We Take Care of Our Own" kick off the Grammys and were impressed, I think there are a couple of outstanding anthems on this new Wrecking Ball album that show off a versatility with other forms we don't always see in his previous albums.  

In particular, I am bowled over by two, one of which features Clarence's last recorded track. 

 The two tunes are "Rocky Ground" and "Land of Hope and Dreams. 

 Here are excerpt and  chorus from "Land of Hope and Dreams."  This song lifts us up,  makes us look forward with full hearts.

Big wheels roll through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams
Well, I will provide for you
And I'll stay by your side
You'll need a good companion now
For this part of the ride
Leave behind your sorrows
Let this day be the last
Tomorrow there'll be sunshine
And all this darkness past

I said now this train...
Dreams will not be thwarted
This train...
Faith will be rewarded

This train...
Near the steel wheels singin'
This train...
Bells of Freedom ringing'

Even taking into account my bias for trains, I have to still put this song way up there. 

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