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Friday, September 21, 2007

Harvest for the World

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I’ve been impressed with many of the people in Charlotte since I moved here over a month ago. When people in Charlotte ask me how I like the city, I tell them about the friendliness that I’ve encountered, from people in churches, to folks at the Department of Social Services, and even perfect strangers. I’m especially pleased with interactions I’ve had with some of the “sisters.” It’s good to be able to meet women on the street, smile, and hold friendly conversations. That didn’t happen that much in Nashville -- not for me anyway. The publicity about Nashville seems to be somewhat misleading. I think outsiders see Nashville as a friendly southern city where everybody speaks to each other. Not so. Although I did meet some phenomenal people in Nashville, I found a great deal of rudeness and detachment from people in “The Music City.”

I had a pleasant experience in the WalMart on Eastway yesterday. I had to quickly go in and buy a booster seat for my daughter (someone stole ours from the car!) While I was in the store, one of the employees started singing over the intercom. She seemed to spontaneously break out with some of the lyrics to “Harvest for the World” by the Isley Brothers. She sang the song like it was something she had to do. Her rendition was very passionate and full of emotion. I giggled a little because it was quite strange, I initially thought. But as I looked around, I noticed how other customers seemed to take it as a natural, everyday thing. Maybe that’s something this woman does regularly. That’s a good thought. I hope she does. It definitely made my day. This was also a coincidence. I had thought the day before that I would post the lyrics to “Harvest for the World” on this blog. I’m not sure why this song came to my mind a few days ago, but it is a gorgeous and appropriate song for today’s world.

Go here (Sample 1) to listen to the luscious prelude to “Harvest for the World.” It’s almost like a prayer—at least it makes me want to pray.

Here are the brothers singing “Harvest for the World.”

Harvest For The World Lyrics
by the Isley Brothers

All babies together, everyone a seed
Half of us are satisfied, half of us in need
Love's bountiful in us, tarnished by our greed
Oh when will there be a harvest for the world?

A nation planted so concerned with gain
As the seasons come and go greater grows the pain
Far too many feeling the strain
Oh when will there be a harvest for the world?
Gather every man
Gather every woman
Celebrate your lives
Give thanks for your children
Gather everyone
Gather all together
Overlooking none
Hoping life gets better for the world
When will there be a harvest for the world?

Dress me up for battle when all I want is peace
Those of us who pay the price come home with the least
Nation after nation turning into beasts
Oh when will there be a harvest for the world?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lisa.

I just listened to the song. Very good song and I love the story about the woman in Walmart singing.

Auntie T

Alicia Benjamin said...

Auntie T,
Yes, that song is beautiful. I hope I get to hear the woman sing again at Walmart.
:-

Anonymous said...

Girl. I wonder what song they are singing over at Saks 5th Avenue. Hmm. Sounds like the concern of suffering weighs heavy on your mind. I must say, going to Walmart isn't the answer. Workers at Walmart are suffering (which is why I don't shop there), and shoppers of Walmart are, after being placed strategically in highly populated low-income areas, suffering too! Keep on pushin' and continue to search your soul to figure out what it is your are to do with your life. It will come! All will make sense when you figure this piece out. Stay up!

Alicia Benjamin said...

Anonymous,
I hear you on the Walmart issue....
My focus was on the singer and the song. She really meant it and I really felt it.
Thanks for commenting.
Peace,
Alicia