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Monday, November 05, 2007

Somebody's Callin' My Name

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 ...


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...

Yes, it is a very affecting 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.

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.

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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