• god’s promise

    by  • July 2, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    The words are Woody Guthrie’s; the voice is Ellis Paul’s. I pass them both along to you with gratitude.

    I didn’t promise you skies painted blue
    not all colored flowers all your days through
    I didn’t promise you sun with no rain
    joys without sorrows, peace without pain

    All that I promise is strength for this day,
    rest for my worker, and light on your way
    I give you truth when you need it, my help from above
    Undying friendship, my unfailing love

    I never did promise you crowns without trials,
    food with no hard sweat, your tears without smiles
    hot sunny days without cold wintry snows
    no victory without fighting, no laughs without woes

    All that I promise is strength for this day,
    rest for my worker, and light on your way
    I give you truth when you need it, my help from above
    Undying friendship, my unfailing love

    I sure didn’t say I’d give you heaven on earth
    a life with no labor no struggles no deaths
    no earthquakes no dry spells, no fire flames, no droughts
    no slaving, no hungers, no blizzards, no blights

    All that I promise is strength for this day,
    rest for my worker, and light on your way
    I give you truth when you need it, my help from above
    Undying friendship, my unfailing love

    I promise you power, this minute, this hour,
    the power you need when you fall down and bleed
    I give you my peace and my strength to pull home
    My love for all races, my creeds, and all kinds

    My love for my races, my creeds of all kinds
    My love for my saviors, all colors, all kinds
    My love for my races, my creeds of all kinds
    My dancers, my prancers, my colors, all kinds,
    My saviors, my flavors, my creeds of all kinds.

    Peace,
    Milton

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    2 Responses to god’s promise

    1. July 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm

      Outstanding. Thank you for this reminder.

    2. Anonymous
      July 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you for sharing these words and music.

      Mia

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