Beltane Song

“Beltane Song” by CC Carter
Kill Your Television
℗ 2007 CC Carter
Released on: 2007-01-01

Song Description
Song for a lover written on May 1, “May Day.” A celebration of life.

Lyrics
So here’s a Beltane Song for you my friend,
you that have such alabaster satin skin.
Such cool calves and thighs and such a subtle succulence.
Such capacity for joy and pain.
You that have such candor in your need.
Such dignity and effacy.
And such ability to disguise with just a glance of grey-green eyes
both heaven, and the world.

And why was the raven raving?
As the far pink cumulous clouds caught fire.
In the last light of the sun as he was setting
with the suitor’s smile so beautiful and high
with your wine still sweet in my mouth how could I leave?
As desire was calling me to you and you to me
climbing up your monkey puzzle tree
just another love assassin with a rose between my teeth

Wrapped up in your star hammock
like a white cocoon
in both stasis and metamorphosis
Was I only dreaming we were flying
as I was making love with you?
And then you packed my parachute
and gave me one last kiss and push
as your pet doves cried and sang in their sky chains
and the sea ran in the streets below in salty furry.
and all our love dripped from the leaves
like a poet’s blood used as his ink
and all the bells rang out your glory.

So here’s a Beltane Song for you my friend
And though you’re gone your memory remains
and I am back here on the ground again
where all the flowers flourish in your name.

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https://www.broadjam.com/songs/cccarter/beltane-song

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Resilient

I am resilient
I trust the movement
I negate the chaos
Uplift negative
I’ll show up the table
Again and again and again
I’ll close my mouth and learn to listen

These times are poignant
The winds have shifted
It’s all we can do
To stay uplifted
Pipelines through backyards
Wolves howling out front
Yeah I got my crew but truth is what I want

Realigned on point
Power to the peaceful, prayers to the waters
Women at the center
All vessels open to give and receive
Let’s see this system brought down to its knees

I’m made of thunder, I’m made of lightening
I’m made of dirt, yeah
Made of the fine things
My father taught me
That I’m a speck of dust and this world
was made for me so let’s go try our luck
I’ve got my roots down down down deep

So what are we doing here
What has been done
What are you going to do about it
When the world comes undone
My voice feels tiny
And I’m sure does yours
Put us all together we’ll make a mighty roar

I am resilient
I trust the movement
I negate the chaos
Uplift the negative
I’ll show up at the table again and again an again
I’ll close my mouth and learn to listen…

NOTES:

Want to do a sermon about emotional resilience, prayers of lament, howling pain

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NOTES:

Want to use this as offertory song in a sermon.  More ideas:

https://spiralwound.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/turn-your-face-to-the-sun/

Resilience

 

 

When Giving Thanks Comes Hard

Words by Unitarian Universalist Minister Rev. Robert Mabry Doss.

When giving thanks comes hard for you,
And things are grim, and hope runs thin,
Recall:

Despair’s a door to pass on through,
And not a home for living in.

When thanksgiving fills your cup,
And those you love are all about,
Look at your blessings,
count them up,
And give back something to the world without.

Go in peace.
Go for peace.

For all who see God,
May God go with you.

For all who embrace life,
May life return your affection.

For all who seek a right path,
May a way be found . . .

And the courage to take it
Step by step.

Around the Sun

(By R.E.M.)

I want the sun to shine on me
I want the truth to set me free
I wish the followers would lead
With a voice so strong it could knock me to my knees

Hold on world ’cause you don’t know what’s coming
Hold on world ’cause I’m not jumping off
Hold onto this boy a little longer
Take another trip around the sun

If I jumped into the ocean to believe
If I climbed a mountain would I have to reach?
Do I even dare to speak? To dream? Believe?
Give me a voice so strong
I can question what I have seen

Hold on world ’cause you don’t know what’s coming
Hold on world ’cause I’m not jumping off
Hold onto this boy a little longer
Take another trip around the sun

Around the sun
Around the sun
Around the sun
Around the sun
Around the sun

Let my dreams set me free…
Believe…
Believe…

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Circle Casting Song

(written by Susan Falkenroth. “The Circle Casting Song” from Reclaiming and Friends: Second Chants)

Eastern morning
First breath of the soul
Worldview forming
Sacred and whole
Wind of knowledge
Simple and wise
Bring of the lightnening
That strikes in our minds
Come to us– be here now

Southern Fire
White rays of the sun
Source of will
That always is done
Heat of passion
Longing and need
You who push the Green One
Out of the seed
Come to us — be here now

Wester rivers
devotee of the moon
gentle sculptor
of babes in the womb
Spring of jubiltion
Courage and tears
Giver of the sweet love
that sooths all our fears
Come to – us be here now

Northeren moutains
Body of the Earth
Finite treasure
Of infinite worth
Cave of transformation
Childbirth and death
Suckler of the wild ones
Who curl upon your breast
Come to us – be here now

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Power Chant

(Lisa Dancing Light)

My power is rising
Rising from within the earth
Skyward to my Brothers
Pouring over Mother Earth

My power is rising
Rising from within the earth
Skyward to my Sisters
Pouring over Mother Earth

My power is rising
Rising from within the earth
Skyward to the Universe
Pouring over Mother Earth

My power is rising
My power is rising
My power is rising
My power is rising

Ah hey ah!

 

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What If God Was One Of Us

Songwriters: Eric Bazilian / Eric M. Bazilian
One of Us lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
Sung by Joan Osborne

If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to his face?
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question?

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
And yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?

If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see if seeing meant
That you would have to believe in things like heaven
And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
And yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?
Just tryin’ to make his way home
Like back up to heaven all alone
Nobody callin’ on the phone
‘Cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
And yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?
Just tryin’ to make his way home
Like a holy rolling stone
Back up to heaven all alone
Just tryin’ to make his way home
Nobody callin’ on the phone
‘Cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

NOTE

The album version starts off with the first four lines of a recording titled “The Aeroplane Ride”, made on October 27, 1937 by American folklorist Alan Lomax and his wife Elizabeth for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress, of Mrs. Nell Hampton of Salyersville, Kentucky singing a variation of the 1928 John S. McConnell hymn “Heavenly Aeroplane”.

The first verse is:

So one of these nights and about twelve o’clock,
This old world’s goin’ ta reel and rock.
Saints will tremble and cry for pain,
For the Lord’s gonna come in his heavenly airplane.

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