(written April 25, 2007) by me 😉
I spent the evening [last night] on the net, watching old video’s of Elvis Presley in live performances. As a teenager growing up in the early 60’s I did not often get to watch him perform live. It had to be something like the Ed Sullivan Show. I just had old 45’s and later albums. Last night I watched some of his videos, on those he sang some powerful gospel music on (he loved gospel music). Seems he auditioned at one time to be in a gospel quartet and was turned down. The reason given was he would not stay in one part of the song, “he wanted to sing all the best parts”.
I also listened/watched one of his popular recordings called If I Can Dream. I am putting the lyrics to this song[on here]. I believe we could all benefit from dreaming of a better world. Well, speaking for myself, I love to dream sweet dreams!
Recorded by: Elvis Presley in 1968 Music and Lyrics by: Earl Brown
There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why cant my dream come true
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away
All the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why wont that sun appear
Were lost in a cloud
With too much rain
Were trapped in a world
Thats troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
Deep in my heart theres a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, theres a beckoning candle
And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now
I graduated from high school in 1968. I grew up in a very small town (pop. @ 3000) in southwest Arkansas. Elvis recorded this song during a very rough time the USA’s nations history. I made a few referenced to the song that I found on Wiki.
“If I Can Dream” is a song made famous by Elvis Presley, notable for its direct quotations to Martin Luther King, Jr.. It was recorded by Presley in June, 1968, two months after King’s assassination. The recording was first released to the public as the finale of the 1968 NBC “Elvis” special
Songwriter W. Earl Brown was asked to write a song to replace “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” as the grand finale on NBC’s “Elvis” (June 20-23, 1968). He wrote “If I Can Dream,” and when Elvis heard it he proclaimed “I’m never going to sing another song I don’t believe in. I’m never going to make another picture I don’t believe in.”
As you can see from the above information Elvis made a strong statement regarding his music with a quote like that. I have no clue if he was able to maintain the integrity that he alluded to in that moment. But reading his quote tells me more about him and I like what I read. If I may be so bold to speak generally, I would say that most of us try to stick with our belief and set high standards for ourselves. Living up to them may not always be as easy, it is called not just “talking the talk, but walking the walk”.
I mentioned I graduated from high school in 1968, those next years for me were not especially noteworthy. I basically went through the motions of attending a small state college. I would venture to say that looking back on all the events of those days, things seemed pretty dismal. Today, the events are somewhat similar. imho.
Songs like Elvis sang such as this one ring just as true today. I survived those years of unrest in the late 60’s. I manage to maintain today. However, today my life is better. I have found that my spirituality has grown by leaps and bounds. I have learned how to rely on the inner source. Personally I am much more centered today, in spite of all that happens outside me, that I cannot directly control. However, what I know is that my focus on love and peace does affect the energy of this planet. I believe that is my way of helping give something back…
I will continue to dream, of peace, love, contentment for all mankind. Love to Us All….jimmieanna
If you happen to have made it this far, I want to explain a couple of things. Presently I am moving some of my old post that I wrote on a site called United Communities of Spirit. I have been bogged down in a matrix of inertia of recent, and not able to write, so I decided to move these older writings here for basically two reasons; one – preservation and two (and more importantly) hoping to jump start my engine. The Elvis song and my own little comments were done in April 25th of 2007. Funny thing was about all of this the very next night, there was a show on tv (which I do not even own) that would do a replay of Elvis Presley and Celine Dion perform “If I Can Dream” on ‘American Idol’. As stated I did not even know that was going to happen and the synchronicity of that event enchanted me to no end. I had this feeling that I was picking up some kind of vibes and flowed to his song. (not channeling or anything like at all) just getting the vibrational nudge.
Begin modulating thought in terms of the way that it feels rather than in terms of the results that it will net you. The tendency is to flow a little Energy and then take score. Well, the problem is, as you flow the Energy, the Universe responds instantly. But when you take score, you’re right back in that reality again.
A good friend sent me some of his writings this morning, it got me up and moving. I was stuck, not down or in the dumps, nothing like that, just doing my turtle impersonation. I found that extra little nudge that I needed to get me going. I am sooo grateful to him. So here I am writing some and if I may share with you a couple of photos that I took this week.
In my friends article he sent to me, he said “.Desperate people don’t just lie down and die.” and I totally concur. How else did our ancestors endure the horrible elements of those early days when they charted unknown territories to settle to the West, always moving further west. It certainly wasn’t some high dollar tourist bus that brought them. No, they took what few belonging they could haul, traveled dangerous and treacherous trails (sometimes making there own) to get to a better place, they were desperate. We have lost our way, we are bogged down in the illusion that we have to be cared for, babied along, and protected. (from what?) I believe that I could survive the extremes for a while, but I am not sure how long? I too am guilty of the all too prevelant comforts of our modern-ness.
But I can dream, and I do that with unfettered joy. That is my magic. It belongs to us all.