Friday, August 22, 2008

Let them in Peter

Rumor has it this song was originally written on a hospital wall in the Phillipenes during WWII. Below is one of my favorite musicians, Edwin McCain, with Prayer to St. Peter.

Enjoy and have a great weekend, folks!



Here are the lyrics...

Let them in, Peter
For they are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires
Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired by the sun
Not war-times bloody guns
May their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die

You know God knows how young they were
To have to die

Give them things they like
Let them make some noise
Give dance hall bands not golden harps
To these our boys
Let them love Peter
For they've had no time
They should have bird songs and trees
And hills to climb
The taste of summer
And a ripened pear
And girls as sweet as meadow wind
And flowing hair
And tell them how they are missed
But say not to fear
It's gonna be all right
With us down here

Let them in, Peter
For they are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires
Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired by the sun
Not war-times bloody guns
May their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die

You know God knows how young they were
To have to die

And tell them how they are missed
But say not to fear
It's gonna be all right
With us down here

It's gonna be all right
With us down here

9 comments:

Nikki said...

beautiful piece. I like Edwin McCain too. He has a great nostalgic type of voice. very touching. thanks for posting it with the words. :)N

EDGE said...

Hey Nikki,

A friend of mine gave me a CD with this song on it! I've been a fan ever since! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Brooke said...

Dammit, now I'm sniffling.

Beautiful bit of poetry, Edge!

Z said...

"have a great weekend" after watching THAT? It ripped my guts out. I'd never heard of Edwin McCain and liked it a lot..thanks.
The lyrics are so beautiful, but coupled with those faces...well........

that's a very tough one, Edge. But, you know, sometimes I think "I can't look" and then I remember "it's the very LEAST you can do is get their faces into your memory." May God bless them and may Peter 'let them in'.

wow.

EDGE said...

Brooke,

Blow your nose and get back to work girl! We're gonna need ya'!

:O)

Z,

Have a great weekend knowing that we live in a the greatest country on earth! ;O)

Pinky said...

holey moley.
Beautiful, Edge.
Thank you for posting this.
I always need a reminder like this.

WomanHonorThyself said...

luvvvvvvvvvvvv Edwin McCain..stunning song Edge!

EDGE said...

Pinky,

It helps a lot doesn't it?


Angel,

Would like to see him in concert!

matt said...

john gorka wrote this song.