May You Stay Forever Young

This song is having something of a resurgence, and I see no reason why it shouldn’t. The two people principally involved in it’s new status are both icons of a better day-Bob Dylan was one of the best known singer/song-writers of his day andPete Seeger who led the youth of the time in thoughts and expressions of protest. They were both heroes of mine and to an extent still are and so it was great to see that Pete Seeger had agreed to sing Bob Dylan’s song “Forever Young” on Amnesty International‘s “Chimes Of Freedom“, a compilation of 50 of Dylan’s songs performed by an amazing array of artists both of ‘those times’ and today.

While I would probably spell God with a lower case ‘g’ the thoughts, sentiments and wishes are as applicable today as they have ever been, and so here are the lyrics of this song of hope.

“May God’s bless and keep you always
May your wishes always come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true,
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you.
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift.
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.”

This is my wish for you all.

Incidentally, if “Forever Young” goes to the top of ‘charts’Pete Seeger, at 90+ will become the oldest performer to do so.
Hear Another icon of the 60s, Joan Baez sing her version of “Forever Young”.

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Thank God?

Irishman Seamus O’Toole was in the centre of London driving around and around in search of a parking space. Now Seamus wasn’t the most patient of individuals, but neither was he the most devout, so it was somewhat out of character when he lifted his eyes skyward and said out loud- “Dear Lord. If you find me a car park I promise I will mend my ways- I’ll give up the whisky and attend Mass every Sunday!”

As he finished this prayer he turned a corner and lo! and behold! he found a space! He raised his eyes once again and said, “Never mind- I found one!”

Where Would We Be?

Where would we (the World) be without religion? Big question, but a big problem deserves a big question. Just ponder this- without religion we wouldn’t have had the Irish “Troubles” (what a ridiculous tag for such barbarism!); -without religion we wouldn’t have a paedophilic catholic priesthood; -without religion we wouldn’t have had The Holocaust; – without religion we wouldn’t have the Israel/Palestine obscenities; -without religion we would not have had Kosovo or the other insanities of that era of ethnic cleansing. And the list can go on, …and on, …and on. And, of course we have the mindless intra Islamic inhumanities to man. Does anybody really understand the differences between Sunni, Shi’ite, Shia? How does a book of peace generate such hatred and loathing? Buggered if I know. All I know is that when I was growing up I could never understand how a ‘loving’ God could allow such shit to happen, so I decided not to subscribe. I am inclined towards the philosophy of the Gautama, but I’m a bit scared to delve too deeply in case I find that someone has committed fratricide, homicide, genocide or some other ugly-cide in the name of their Buddhist beliefs.

By the way, I came across a great (anonymous) quote the other day…“The only thing wrong with being an atheist is that there’s nobody to talk to during an orgasm.”

…and this one today… “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” Sir Stephen Henry Roberts (1901-1971)

(See also https://kutarere.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/koran-burning/ )