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Prayer To St. Peter - Edwin McCain

September 4, 2005

I don't always hear lyrics when I listen to a song for the first time. Being a visual learner, it takes some time for lyrics to sink in. I'll hear bits and pieces clearly--a few lines that stick out. But rarely hear the whole song. Sometimes, when I finally do, it makes me cry. This is one of those songs. It's a song I'll listen to over and over. Most crying songs are like that. I don't know why I love songs and movies and books that make me cry. Maybe it's a safe way to feel real feelings without actually being hurt.

This song is relevant at this time thinking of all the men in Iraq and Afghanistan and other places that those places overshadow who are dying for our freedom every day. Whether you believe in that politically doesn't matter. They believe it, and that's why they're dying.

Let them in, Peter
For they are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires
Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired by the sun
Not war-times bloody guns
May their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die

You know God knows how young they were
To have to die

Give them things they like
Let them make some noise
Give dance hall bands not golden harps
To these our boys
Let them love Peter
For they've had no time
They should have bird songs and trees
And hills to climb
The taste of summer
And a ripened pear
And girls as sweet as meadow wind
And flowing hair
And tell them how they are missed
But say not to fear
It's gonna be all right
With us down here

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