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SONG LYRICS AND POETRY
"Show the Way"

David Wilcox

   
 MESSAGE BOARD

Following the attacks on September 11, many people have looked to art, in all its forms, for consolation.
Did any piece of art help comfort you following the attacks?

 VISUAL ARTS


Jean Holabird of Cambridge painted "10-3 - Murrary and Greenwich, 3 p.m.," a watercolor scene from Ground Zero. Many artists responded visually to the September 11 attacks. See artwork

 LYRICS AND POETRY

Read the song lyrics and poetry that helped many cope with the grief they felt after September 11:
'Across the Universe', Lennon/McCartney
'America the Beautiful', Katherine Lee Bates
'American Tune', Paul Simon
'Change the Day', Alex MacDougall
'Colors of the Wind', Vanessa Williams
'Leap', Brian Doyle
'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', The Hollies
'Jesus, etc.', Wilco
'Love and Mercy', Brian Wilson
'Lucky', Radiohead
'Memorial for A City', W. H. Auden
'Musee Des Beaux Arts', W. H. Auden
'One', Cheryl Sawyer
Chorus from 'The Other Side', Joie Scott and Richard Wold
'The Other Side', Don Conoscenti
'Overcome', Live
'The Peace of Wild Things', Wendell Berry
'Rhymes and Reasons', John Denver
'Rockin' in the Free World', Neil Young
'September 1, 1939', W.H. Auden
'Show the Way', David Wilcox
'Song in a Year of Catastrophe', Wendell Berry
'The Summer Day', Mary Oliver
'Superman', Five for Fighting
'There You'll Be', Diane Warren
'Through Your Hands', John Hiatt
'Trouble of the World', Mahalia Jackson
'Try to Praise the Mutilated World', Adam Zagajewski
'Victory in Defeat', Edwin Markham

You say you see no hope, you say you see no reason we should dream
That the world with ever chance
You're saying love is foolish to believe
'Cause there'll always be some crazy with an Army or a knife
To wake you from your daydream, put the fear back in your life

Look if someone wrote a play just to glorify what's stronger than hate
Would they not arrange the stage to look as if the hero came too late

He's almost in defeat, it's looking like the eviul side will win
But on the edge of every seat from the moment that the whole thing begins

It is love who mixed the mortar and it's love who stacked these stones
It is love made the stage here though it looks like we're alone
In this scene set in sorrow like the night is here to stay
There is evil cast around us but it's love that wrote the play
And in this darkness love will show the way

So now the stage is set, you feel your own heart beating in your chest
This life's not over yet, so we get up on our feet and do our best
Play against the fear, play against the reasons not to try
Playing for the tears burning in the happy angel's eyes

The song, from the CD "Live Songs and Stories," was submitted by Jeanne Callinan, Medford



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