Friday, September 1, 2006

There's a train a-comin'


It's Friday, Ernesto is already in town and the meteorologists say he'll linger over our state all weekend. I'm tired...I miss my older son whom I helped move into his dorm the other day...and where I work I'm looking at a grueling new academic year filled with more renovations and organizational restructurings. Oh yeah ... tomorrow's my birthday and, having crossed the threshold to 50 a few years ago, I'd rather not remember birthdays anymore!

But in my head I hear Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Phoebe Snow singing Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" from the Putumayo World Music 10th Anniversary Collection CD (originally on the CD Cover the World) :

People get ready
There's a train a-comin'
You don't need no baggage
You just get on board
All you need is faith
To hear the diesels hummin'
Don't need no ticket
You just thank the Lord

People get ready
For the train to Jordan
Picking up passengers
From coast to coast
Faith is the key
Open the doors and board them
There's room for all
Among those loved the most

There ain't no room
For the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all mankind just
To save his own
Have pity on those
Whose chances are thinner
Cause there's no hiding place
From the kingdom's throne

So people get ready
For the train's a-comin'
You don't need no baggage
You just get on board !
All you need is faith
To hear the diesels hummin'
Don't need no ticket
You just thank the Lord
(The best sound bite of the song is to be found at Shopzilla's website.)

Mayfield wrote the song 1965, inspired by the March on Washington, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (strategy plotted out by Bayard Rustin) the year before. According to an essay on NPR's website, "For many, [the song] captured the spirit of the march -- [it] reaches across racial and religious lines" and says that things are a-movin' ... we're going to get "our chance at redemption."

Yep, I believe it, in spite of everything ... our chance at redemption is coming!

...Don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord!

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2 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to you carissima! Im sure your older son misses you also very much. Everybody hasnt got a crazy quaker mom like him!

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  2. What some people won't do to get attention on their birthday!! They even plaster the news on their blog! Merci des bons voeux.

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