I’m technically still having my think break, but for your festive and peaceful enjoyment I felt moved to share this with you today.
My two year old has developed the knack of climbing onto a kitchen chair and turning on the music machine (technical term!). Permanently docked in the machine (because I don’t know what else to do with it) is a hand me down ipod…the previous owner was dedicated to collecting Christmas songs in particular, and so throughout the year we find ourselves catching random snatches of festive tunes.
As you can imagine it’s really coming into its own at the moment and I’ve spent more time with Bing this week than I have my husband. Earlier today my little son climbed up, pressed play, turned the volume up LOUDY and one of my favourite Christmas melodies flew out across the kitchen.
And I felt sad. Really sad. Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth was first performed in 1977 by one of the oddest but most marvellous vocal pairings: Bing Crosby and David Bowie. The lyrics Bowie sings (apparently written on the day of performance) are undoubtedly emotive, but today – as I sang them at my child – they particularly resonated.
The ‘years from now’ it references could be/should be today…these years, our years…why not? But today certainly doesn’t feel like the today that’s hoped for in the song…we’re really not there yet and I’m not sure that the 397 MPs who voted yesterday for airstrikes in Syria have helped us get much closer.
Peace on Earth, can it be?
Years from now, perhaps we’ll see…
See the day of glory
See the day when men of goodwill
Live in Peace, live in peace again.
Peace on Earth,
Can it be?
Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can
I pray my wish will come true
For my child and your child too
He’ll see the day of glory
see the day when men of goodwill
Live in Peace, live in Peace again
Peace on Earth
Can it be?