Saturday, August 12, 2006

the revolution starts now

Today's blog is brought to you by Steve Earle, from the Revolution Starts Now (2004).

I was walkin’ down the street
In the town where I was born
I was movin’ to a beat
That I’d never felt before
So I opened up my eyes
And I took a look around I saw it written ‘cross the sky
The revolution starts now
Yeah, the revolution starts now

The revolution starts now
When you rise above your fear
And tear the walls around you down
The revolution starts here
Where you work and where you play
Where you lay your money down
What you do and what you say
The revolution starts now
Yeah the revolution starts now

Yeah the revolution starts now
In your own backyard
In your own hometown
So what you doin’ standin’ around?
Just follow your heart
The revolution starts now

Last night I had a dream
That the world had turned around
And all our hopes had come to be
And the people gathered ‘round
They all brought what they could bring
And nobody went without
And I learned a song to sing
The revolution starts now

I especially love that second verse. Sometimes, during treatment, I have needed to stick my head in the sand. Sometimes, like tonight, thinking about the big picture has helped me to feel strong and optimistic and purposeful. This is such a hopeful song.

Next week end, Steve Earle is playing at the Ottawa Folk Festival and I am going to see him.

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