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Monday, November 05, 2007

Somebody's Callin' My Name

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Hush, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Hush, hush somebody's callin' my name
Oh My Lord, Oh My Lord, what shall I do?

Hush, whoa, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Hush, whoa, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Oh My Lord, Oh My Lord, what shall I do?

I was compelled to write those lyrics just now. The song came to me a few hours ago and after I sang it to my daughter, she asked me, "Where'd you get that song from?" I don't think I even answered her. I just kept singing the song. Of course, this is a very old African-American spiritual song, but I can't find much information about what the song means. I just know that it popped into my head and it's been there ever since.

I have been feeling like my ancestors and God have really been trying to tell me something since I went to one of my places of refuge in North Carolina this weekend. The water, trees and other greenery in the town seemed to sing and talk to me as I drove through the winding roads. My ancestors were saying, "everything is going to be alright" and "we'll take care of you." It's funny--shortly after I heard that, one of my cousins let me know that he and the rest of the family are available to help and protect me and my daughter. I smiled and told him that I knew this and that's why I chose to move to North Carolina. I know that we've got support and protection, not only from the living relatives, but from the ones who brought us here.

Somebody's callin' my name ...

8 comments:

Sugar said...

As soon as I saw the title of the post, that song popped into my head! It is a very affecting song if that's a good word to use. I'm sure our ancestors are watching us all in amazement. I hope North Carolina has been good to you so far!

Alicia Benjamin said...

Sugar,
Yes, it is a very affecting song...it stays with you and does things to you if you let it.
I'm lucky. My ancestors speak to me and I LISTEN. To lapse into the dialect of some of our ancestors--"Noth Calina been bery good ta me."
:-)
I'm looking forward to more spectacular things.
Peace,
Alicia

Anonymous said...

I just attended a funeral in NY and the choir sang this song. It has a viral quality and has stayed in my head. My friends and I are looking for the words. We were singing what we could recall on the 4 hour drive back to DC. If you find the words please add the link.

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

I will see what I can do, but I'm not sure that this song has many more words to it. It is a magical, spiritual, God-filled song. It sounds like it provided solace to you and your friends. I'm glad for that.
Peace be with you.
Alicia

Suite137 said...

When my son was born, for a while, the only way he would sleep sound and through the night is if I sang this song to him, rocking him to sleep, walking around the room. To this day, he LOVES this song. I guess it reminds him of his mother's love. I guess when I hear it, it reminds me of my ancestors love and courage. When I hear it....I'm not alone.

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