Best Experienced With: Bruce Springsteen; The Chimes of Freedom
(Please right click on the link below to open the song needed for our New Year sing along and prayer session in a new browser window. Watch the velociraptor for the beat and sing it loud and proud. Cry freedom)
On New Year’s Day at Mind of Mully we always have a sing along, then we have a group prayer before we go rolling into the new year. Lyrics from Bob Dylan, animation from Ty Mabrey, & velociraptor from God Tenors in the back and altos to the front, please. Tune up the guitar, velociraptor in place to keep time, and off we go……….
Well, far between sundown’s finish and midnight’s broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of boats struck shadows in the sun;
Saying, it may be the chimes of freedom flashing
Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight;
Flashing’ for the refugees on their unarmed road of flight.
And for each and every underdog soldier in the night
We gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing
Well, in the city’s melted furnace unexpectedly we watched
With faces hidden here while the walls were tightening
As the echo of the wedding bells before the blowing rain;
Dissolved into the wild bales of lightning
Yeah, tolling for the rebel, yeah, tolling for the raked
Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned and forsaked.
Yeah, tolling for the outcasts burning constantly at stakes
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing
(instrumental solo with velociraptor accompaniment)
And then through a cloud-like curtain in a far off corner flashed
There’s a hypnotic, splattered mist was slowly lifting
Well, electric light still struck like arrows
Fired but for the ones condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting
Well, tolling for the searching ones on this speechless, secret trail
For the lonesome haunted lovers with too personal a tale.
And for each young heart for each channeled soul misplaced inside a jail
Yeah, we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashin’
Well, starry eyed and laughing I recall when we were caught,
Trapped by no track of hours for they hang suspended
As we listened one last time, and we watched with one last look
Spellbound and swallowed “Has the tolling ended?”
Yeah, tolling for the aching ones whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless, confused, accused, misused strung out ones at worst.
And for every hung out person in the whole wide universe
We gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing
First, thanks for the velociraptor. You always seem to know exactly what I want. Thanks for a good year for all of us. Thanks for getting Aung San Suu Kyi released from house arrest over there in Burma. That was very cool of you and we no longer have to toll the bell of freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi. That was a big one. Gave a lot of oppressed folks hope.
For the next three hundred sixty five days, please keep the following folks front of mind, Lord. Watch closely over Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in his jail cell. When the Swedes put his award in an empty chair this year, I fell in love with the Swedes all over again. Also, can you please keep a close eye on Shiva Nazar Ahari, imprisoned in Iran’s Nevin prison for her support of human rights.
Lord, please watch over the hundreds of thousands of still homeless folks in Haiti and steer their leaders towards a government that takes care of its people. Please watch closely over the Sudanese referendum on splitting the country next week and please keep it peaceful. Sudan has had two long civil wars and You need to intercede a bit, if you have some extra time in January.
Please watch over Alassane Ouattra and his supporters over there in the Ivory Coast. Mr. Ouattra clearly won the election and Mr. Gbagbo is a rude goofball for not ceding power and killing Mr. Ouattra’s supporters over the past three weeks, Lord, also please take care of Kurdish student activist Habibollah Latifi and his wrongfully imprisoned family. Iran will most likely execute Mr. Latifi for his opposition activism this coming week, so please watch over his soul and tend to his family. Finally, please keep an eye on the freedom activists being persecuted and unfairly jailed by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko
There is one Man and The Man has many faces, Lord. The Man also has riot police and prisons while those fighting for freedom and equality have only their voices. I like to think they also have You on their side. If you have any extra time this weekend and feel like smoting, feel free to smote The Man. Am certain the rebel, the rake, the luckless, the abandoned, and the forsaked will appreciate your smoting The Man.
Moving into 2011, Lord, please allow my neighbors in the United States to be less whining, sniveling, and miserable? Allow them to act like adults on a daily basis, rather than six year olds unleashed for the first time on a single sandbox with one complete set of toys. One would think our country has the lowest GDP in the universe rather than the highest. Further, to listen to the interviewees on Fox, and CNBC, and the other polarizing channels, we all wake up each day to sulfuric acid being poured into ears, then we walk uphill to work, barefoot, over broken glass….whereby we are beaten senseless for our meager wage and rolled back home in wheelbarrow full of sewage water.
We have it pretty darn good here comparatively and if you could open the eyes of some of these whining, sniveling, morons, I would appreciate it, Lord. And if you cannot open their eyes hermetically seal their lips, please feel free to smote them when you smote The Man. You and your followers do a great deal of good down here on Earth, yet somehow we focus on the 3.92% that’s challenging. That’s all I got. Thanks for a great 2010 for all of and let the smoting of The Man begin.
Oops….one more thing, Lord . Please send me a monkey. Haven’t you always wanted to monkey?