Inspirational Quote 3.26.15 Mourning a Hero

One more song. We’ve posted a series of inspirational songs about grief including death of a loved one, a child, grieving from the perspective of a dying man, the thoughts of a friend of the grieving. You can find them all at this link:

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This week’s song is about mourning a hero written and performed by an icon of the ’60s, Robbie Robertson, singer-songwriter and lead guitar of The Band.  The Band was Bob Dylan’s backup group during his legendary 1966 tour. Their stellar career was celebrated at their last concert, filmed by Marten Scorsese and released as The Last Waltz, perhaps the greatest concert film of all time. I first heard them during the 1966 tour at Island Garden in Hempstead, NY, then again at Woodstock in 1969.

Shine Your Light is the theme song from  Ladder 49 a film about the heroics of fictional  firefighter Jack Morrison, who is trapped inside a warehouse fire, and his recollection of the events that got him to that point. The movie is a celebration of the firefighting profession and the lifestyle associated with it.

 

Shine Your Light

The cry of the city like a siren’s song
Wailing over the rooftops the whole night long
Saw a shooting star like a diamond in the sky
Must be someone’s soul passing by

These are the streets
Where we used to run where your Papa’s fromrobbierobertson
These are the days
Where you become what you become
These are the streets
Where the story’s told
The truth unfolds
Darkness settles in

Shine your light down on me
Lift me up so i can see
Shine your light when you’re gone
Give me the strength
To carry on, carry on

Don’t wanna be a hero
Just an everyday man
Trying to do the job the very best he can
But now it’s like living on borrowed time
Out on the rim, over the line
Always tempting fate like a game of chance
Never wanna stick around to the very last dance
Sometimes i stumble and take a hard fall
Lose hold your grip off the wall

220px-Ladder_49_posterShine your light down on me
Lift me up so i can see
Shine your light when you’re gone
Give me the strength to carry on
Carry on

I thought i saw him walking by the side of the road
Maybe trying to find his way home

He’s here but not here

He’s gone but not gone
Just hope he knows if I get lost

Shine your light down on me
Lift me up so i can see
Shine your light when you’re gone
Give me the strength to carry on
To carry on

by Robbie Robertson

 

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