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Pharoah Sanders “Black Unity, Parts 1 & 2”

Black Unity (Impulse! 1971).

PS if the track does not load, visit (OR just google the title, as I did, and google may open an animated search page which plays a neat short version with graphics of peace)


video excerpt from :death speaks: ~words and music by david lang 
[1. you will return ]
you will return to dust 
you will turn 
return to dust 
turn to the sun 
like me, turn to the sun 
turn to the light 
turn to the light 
if thereʼs an eye still open 
sweet sleep 
close it for me 
turn your heart, your poor heart 
it will only find rest 
when it has stopped beating 
turn to peace 
turn to peace 
this is the only road that leads you home  
[enter ]
I am your pale companion 
I mirror your pain 
I was your shadow 
all those long nights, all those days long past 
listen to me

listen to me

this message is for you 

where I am now, all sorrow is gone 
where I am now, all lovers are together 
where I am now 
in my arms only will you find rest 
gentle rest 

The video ends, but the song continues on the CD:

[track 2. I hear you] 
I hear you 
I hear you call 
I pity you 
I am your friend 
I am not cruel 
give me your hand 
you will sleep so softly in my arms 
when love breaks free from sorrow 
a new star shines 
a new star shines 
three roses, half red, half white 
they will never wither 
the angels  
they shed their wings  
and fall 
rest well 
rest well 
close your eyes 
you will rest with me 
until the river drains into the sea 
Iʼll make a bed for you 
the softest pillow 
come, rest 
everyone will sing for you 
for you 
I will protect you 
from the hunter, from the forest 
from the flowers, from your dreams 
from the wicked girl, from her shadow 
I will keep your eyes covered 
I will protect you 
good night, good night 

3. mist is rising   
mist is rising 
moon is full and rising 
sky above us 
it is so full 
I greet you, sister soul 
rise up, like an eagle  
rise up, to where the light is 
rise up, to where the light is from 
I am your rest, I am your peace 
I am what you long for, and 
what makes the longing go away 
I am full of joy for you, and 
I am full of grief  
come in and close the door behind you 
I will drive your sadnesses away  
my eyes fill with your light 
fill them 
fill them  
sweetest child 
come with me 
I will play with you  
I will show you 
the flowers and the shore 
my motherʼs golden robe 
my daughters and their evening dance 
they know a song to sing while you are sleeping 
I love you 
I love all of you  
I love your face 
I love your form 
please donʼt make me make you follow me 
come and see 
tears of love become strands of pearls  
when the angel comes 
4. pain changes 
pain changes every shape 
once you are truly lonely 
you will never be alone 
feel my hand 
I feel you  
touch my cold hand 
I will take you  
from her 
to your new cold land 
I have chosen you  
my only love 
those others 
they search for you 
where they search  
they will never find you 
after the leaves fall, spring returns 
after love is parted, it returns 
all you have to do is  
come with me 
and wait 
one day she will be lowered in the earth  
beside you 
my hand will guide her home 
to the place where love is 
and no pain 
when that door opens  
you will be healed 
dearest man, dearest woman 
dearest boy, dearest girl 
dearest mother, dearest father 
dearest son, dearest daughter 
you will never leave me 
you listen 
you are silent 
you feel me leaning towards you 
nothing escapes me 
not the warrior 
not the hunter 
everything awaits the way it changes  
when life falls away 
that is the meaning of the swan and its song 
the night canʼt last forever 
nor will this sleep 
beyond this sleep is light 
forever light 
until that light can shine 
until you see it shining 
sleep sweetly here 
in the cool, dark night 

5. I am walking 
I am walking in the sunlight 
I see the moon, at my feet 
I see the sun, at my feet 
I walk in joy 
I am kissed by angels 
your heart 
child of man 
your heart canʼt know  
what joy I feel 
sister soul, come to rest 
pure notes of love  
echo around you 
a lily, a rose  
they wait for you 
while you sleep 
only you can hear me 
only you can see me 
only you can hear the music 
it never stops 

© 2013, Red Poppy, LTD.

Shara Worden (vocals), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Owen Pallett (violin), Nico Muhly (piano); Maya Beiser (cello)
Cantaloupe Music 



John Legend – You & I (Nobody In The World)

They are young and old, cis and trans, straight and queer, in sickness and in health, and they come in countless colors, shapes, and sizes. They are women, and for four minutes and 15 seconds, John Legend pays them the basic respect that half the world’s population is routinely denied. 

It is not a revolutionary video — at least, it shouldn’t be. Deceptively simple in form and function, You & I uses only a progression of medium shots of individual women. Presented with their totality, the differences fade away, and we are left with the fact that before anything else, women are simply and unignorably people.

That this is hailed as a radical political statement shows the sad state of our culture. But it makes such simple statements all the more important to make.