IG’s Peace Blog

Peace and its many aspects

more “Detours”

Well, I guess this is Sheryl Crow week, because I think another track from the same album I mentioned yesterday (ie “Detours”) has an important message.  Check out the lyrics of “Out of our Heads”:

“If you feel you wanna fight me
There’s a chain around your mind
When something is holding you tightly
What is real is so hard to find

Losing babies to genocide
Oh where’s the meaning in that plight
Can’t you see that we’ve really bought into
Every word they proclaimed and every lie, oh

If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads
And into our hearts
If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads
And into our hearts

Someone’s feeding on your anger
Someone’s been whispering in your ear
You’ve seen his face before
You’ve been played before
These aren’t the words you need to hear

Through the dawn of darkness blindly
You have blood upon your hands
All the world will treat you kindly
But only the heart can understand, oh understand

If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads
And into our hearts
Children of Abraham lay down your fears, swallow your
Tears and look to your heart

If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads
And into our hearts
Children of Abraham lay down your fears, swallow your
Tears and look to your heart

Every man is his own prophet
Oh every prophet just a man
I say all the women stand up, say yes to themselves
Teach your children best you can

Let every man bow to the best in himself
We’re not killing any more
We’re the wisest ones, everybody listen
‘Cause you can’t fight this feeling any more, oh anymore

If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads
And into our hearts
Children of Abraham lay down your fears, swallow your
Tears and look to your heart

If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads
And into our hearts
Children of Abraham lay down your fears, swallow your
Tears and look to your heart”

Though I don’t necessarily subscribe to some of the possible theological implications of certain verses, the basic message is solid:  religion is not there to make us xenophobic or violent, and people of faith should not let themselves be manipulated by leaders with dark agendas.

“If you feel you wanna fight me
There’s a chain around your mind”

Good stuff!

Check out a video of a live performance on the BBC:

Once again we find that great truths often come through popular culture…or as Bruce Springsteen once sang

We learned more from a 3-minute record, baby
Than we ever learned in school
” (from “No Surrender”)

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July 28, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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