Monday, January 18, 2010

just breathe love

 Village Wedding
Wilson Bigaud
b. 1931, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

O, how I love this song. It has been in my head ever since the earthquake in Haiti. Tears come each time I play it now but I keep listening to it over and over. So this is for those who died in the arms of loved ones..... and for those who never had a chance to express what was in their hearts to those they loved before death.

Just Breathe
by Pearl Jam (Album: Backspacer)

Yes I understand that every life must end,
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go,
I'm a lucky man to count on both hands
The ones I love...

Some folks have just one,
Others they got none,
Stay with me...
Lets just breathe.

Practiced are my sins,
Never gonna let me win,
Under everything, just another human being,
Yeah, I don't wanna hurt, there's so much in this world
to make me bleed.

Stay with me...
You're all I see.

Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn't I'm a fool, you see...
No one knows this more than me,
As I come clean.

I wonder everyday
As I look upon your face,
Everything you gave
And nothing you would take,
Nothing you would take...
Everything you gave.

Did I say that I need you?
Oh, Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn't I'm a fool, you see
No one knows this more than me...
like I come clean.

Nothing you would take...
Everything you gave.
Hold me till I die...
Meet you on the other side.

Wedding day for Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King June 18, 1953



the watercats said...

heart rending posts... the link to Molly is so heart breaking, to think that a life can be extinguished so quickly, how many lives can be extinguished at the shrug of the planet's shoulder. .

Ryhen | Mind Power said...

That was a nice song, Lydia. It's really sad to think about events like what just happened to Haiti, but I guess it's just the way nature does her thing. We're all part of nature and we all have our time to go and be one again with the "source."

I hope you have a good day.

Peace and respect,

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

What a thoughtful post, Lydia.
In the midst of this sadness perhaps we bloggers should all take a moment to celebrate the cultural and human richness of Haiti.
Evelyn in Montreal

YogaforCynics said...

Wow, MLK looks young in that photo...then, he was still in his 30's when he was killed...which is hard to believe, since I think of him as such a wise old elder...

Ben said...

Yeah, I really love this song too. Now I'm all in a romantic mood :) Great romantic pictures and songs are a good combo.

Owen said...

Beautiful post all around... I love the painting you found of the wedding, something very harmonious and peaceful about it. And I'd never heard this song by Pearl Jam, it's beautiful, don't know how I missed that. And the piece about Molly Hightower is heart rending... so young, so generous... I'm afraid we are not done having our hearts broken over and over again for some time to come...

secret, fragile skies said...

beautiful sad song. thanks, lydia.

Lydia said...

the watercats: at the shrug of the planet's shoulder is such a marvelous phrase. Should definitely go into the lyrics for one of your next songs...

Ryhen: It seems that nature has been consistently cruel to Haiti, and it has no reserves so it's wonderful that the world is taking action to help. I saw on TV last night one woman being pulled from under wreckage. She had been there for six days, and she began to sing a song with words "do not be afraid of death." Your comment reminded me of her song.

Evelyn: Thank you for your kind thoughts. How wonderful of you to point out the cultural and human richness of Haiti...beautiful.

YogaforCynics: I'm glad you emphasized his age because he was wise and brave beyond his years, and it's important to remember that he was, after all, a young man.

Ben: In a weird kind of way I do think this song would be beautiful in a wedding. It's a lot more powerful than some of the sappy stuff (I hope the trend to play "We've Only Just Begun" has passed by now!).

Owen: I'm afraid we are not done having our hearts broken over and over again for some time to come... There. You said it. And I hope it proves to be true, because the suffering there is going to be way long-term and if our hearts aren't broken over and over again it would indicate that we people became jaded or allowed ourselves to become insulated from the continuing need for help.
I'm touched you appreciated the song and painting I posted here.

@secret, fragile skies: Thank you for being here.

Darlene said...

A very touching post about a heartbreaking tragedy. Thank you.

Lydia said...

Darlene: I so appreciate your appreciation of the way I expressed some of my sorrow over this tragedy.

naomi dagen bloom said...

Lydia, Once again you have merged words and images in a beautiful and moving way. Thanks for giving it to us at this difficult time.

Lydia said...

naomi: I so appreciate your comment. My sidebar is showing the title of your latest post...something about missing the voting booth now that you are an Oregon resident. How I do understand!



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