This Thing Called Courage

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hello All-- a very tired but very happy man am I this morning. Could you stand it last night? Deval's acceptance speech, the back-and-forth in the Senate races (especially Virginia-- kudoes for Webb!) and the rising tsunami of righteous voter outrage that swept our country. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

The tragic day that the Iraq War started, to the horror, rage, and sadness of millions of people around the world, I sent an email out to my co-mourners over what America was about to do, imploring them not to give up hope, and to continue to work for peace and change in this country. I sent them the words to the Scorpions' Winds of Change, a beautiful song written to commemorate the moment when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down, the Cold War ended, and, for one bright shining while, it seemed old hatreds could be forgotten, and the power of the people, who more than anything want peace, could be restored. It seemd the world might be entering a new era.

I am happy to republish those lyrics again this morning, in celebration of what happened yesterday, when the American People, from Coast to Coast and with resounding voice, said NO to illegal war, no to domestic spying, no to unfettered and unchecked corrurption, no to torture, no to utter ineptitude re: Katrina, no to the assault on our envioronment, no to lobbyists from the oil and gas and pharmaceutical industries writing legsilation, and so many other things.

The Scorpions are a German band-- I have a beautiful version of this song recorded when the Scorpions were the guests of the Berlin Philharmonic-- I'll try to paste a link here but that may be beyond my technical skills!

Very tired today but very happy. Let the healing begin.

I follow Demo Squad
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the winds of change
An August summer night
Soldiers passing by
Listening to the winds of change

The world is closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers
The future's in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the winds of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the winds of change

Walking down the street
Distant memories
Are buried in the past forever
I follow Demo Squad
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the winds of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
With you and me

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the winds of change

The winds of change blow straight
Into the face of time
Like a stormwind that will ring
The freedom bell for peace of mind
Let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
With you and me

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change

Here's the link-- not sure if it will work though.

Wind Of Change 7:17 Scorpions & Berlin Philharmonic Orch. Ballad 43 11/2/2006 5:05 PM

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