Blues for the Idealists (You know who you are)

4 Nov

When I was younger, I’ll admit, I imagined peace might prevail in my lifetime. Now I watch the news and wonder what I was thinking. Which is where “May You Still Believe” came from. One evening a while back, I happened on this funky lick in E and kept playing it over and over. After a while, I started singing along with it, and the song flowed right out–bam.

On the recording of the tune (click the icon below to hear it), my wife Dorothy plays flute and bass, and our friends Alpha Stewart and John Temmerman play drums and sax respectively. That’s me on guitar and vocals. The lyrics are right below the playback icon.

                                                     

                                            MAY YOU STILL BELIEVE 

     WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG YOU SAID THAT LOVE WOULD FIND A WAY

     TO BRING PEACE ON EARTH SURE AS DAWN COMES EVERY DAY

      BUT NOW YOU’RE GROWN LOOKING AT THAT NIGHTLY NEWS

      AND SEEING HOW THINGS ARE SURE GIVES YOU THE BLUES

                                               (CHORUS)

                       MAY YOU STILL BELIEVE, MAY YOU STILL BELIEVE

                       DESPITE ALL THE NEWS YOU RECEIVE, 

                        MY FRIEND, MAY YOU STILL BELIEVE

         IN SCHOOL YOU PLEDGED YOURSELF TO THE LAND OF THE FREE,

         ONE LAND UNDER GOD WITH JUSTICE AND LIBERTY

         NOW ‘STEAD OF BLACK AND WHITE YOU SEE SHADES OF GRAY

          WHAT’S JUST AND WHO IS FREE SOME DAYS YOU CAN’T SAY

                                                    (CHORUS)

           YOU SAY THAT GOD IS WHERE WE GO AND ALL COME FROM

           YOU SAY GOD IS LOVE & GOD’S RULE ONE DAY WILL COME

            YET MADMEN BATHE IN BLOOD TO APPEASE THEIR GOD

            AND ASK GOD TO BLESS THEIR CRUSADE OR JIHAD

                                                      (CHORUS) 

"COVER" FOR THE MUSIC DOWNLOAD SITES

 

“May You Still Believe” is available on iTunes.com, Amazon.com, Google Play, and about anywhere  else you can download music.

The song is for the idealists out there–past, present, and future. May you still believe.

 

 

2 Responses to “Blues for the Idealists (You know who you are)”

  1. Jack Flacco December 15, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    Such a great song. Thanks for sharing!

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