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Lynn Mantle: Music

Busking For Haiti

(Lynn Mantle)
January 17, 2010
Lynn Mantle

I had started writing this song but could not seem to finish it when the tragic earthquake devastated

Haiti. The following day when I picked up my guitar and pen and set to work on finishing the song I had

the situation in Haiti fresh in my mind, pretty quickly the unfinished song was no more, and a new

song had emerged. I had intended this song to speak to the issues of poverty, both locally and

internationally. I think (hope) the essence of the song really remained.

I am heartbroken over the situation in Haiti, as I was prior to this devastating blow to the Haitian people. 

I pray we can focus on real, long term solutions and that we simply support the people of Haiti without

pushing our own agendas on them. The people of Haiti deserve to be empowered, not led - history should

tell us that much.

 

 

 Think Globally, Act Locally!

 

Love & Light,

 

Lynn Mantle

 

PRAY FOR REDEMPTION - BUSKING FOR HAITI
Written and performed by Lynn Mantle 
We started out in paradise
Somewhere we fell off the path
Left the good - for the easy
Became the "have not's" and the "haves"
And we've no right to toy with human life
To turn a blind eye to the suffering
How can half the world go hungry?,
while the other half,
Prays for redemption
Does nothing to make a change
Holds to excuses
Finds ways to avoid the blame
There's some gaps to be bridged
Some lessons we still need to learn
Wise to keep in mind,
one day the tables might be turned
And what would you do
if there were no place you could go?
Death and suffering everywhere
If hell came up from below
Would you pray for redemption
Do nothing to make a change
Hold to excuses
Find ways to avoid the blame
Let's cast away the anger
Bravely face our fear
It's time we realized that
love is why we're here
We're Sisters and Brothers
Connected at the source
Yet we hurt one another
when we follow anger's course
Let's be the one
Let's become the many
Let's build a world of hope
 for those who ain't got any
Let's pray for redemption
Do something to make a change
Hold to each other
Finally realize we're all the same
Let's go back to paradise
Let's build ourselves a paradise
I want to go back, go back, go back
Let's go back to paradise

PRAY FOR REDEMPTION - BUSKING FOR HAITI

Written and performed by Lynn Mantle 

 
We started out in paradise

Somewhere we fell off the path

Left the good - for the easy

Became the "have not's" and the "haves"

And we've no right to toy with human life

To turn a blind eye to the suffering

How can half the world go hungry?,

while the other half,

Prays for redemption

Does nothing to make a change

Holds to excuses

Finds ways to avoid the blame

There's some gaps to be bridged

Some lessons we still need to learn

Wise to keep in mind,

one day the tables might be turned

And what would you do

if there were no place you could go?

Death and suffering everywhere

If hell came up from below

Would you pray for redemption

Do nothing to make a change

Hold to excuses

Find ways to avoid the blame

Let's cast away the anger

Bravely face our fear

It's time we realized

that love is why we're here

We're Sisters and Brothers

Connected at the source

Yet we hurt one another

we follow anger's course

Let's be the one

Let's become the many

Let's build a world of hope for those

who ain't got any

Let's pray for redemption

Do something to make a change

Hold to each other

Finally realize we're all the same

Let's go back to paradise

Let's build ourselves a paradise

I want to go back, go back, go back

Let's go back to paradise

Pray for redemption

Pray for redemption ....