Monday, July 22, 2013

Stevie Wonder Sings... For The Trayvon Martins...

While many were Shocked and Wondered what drug Stevie was on, when he declared that he would not perform in Florida or any other state that has those destructive laws such as the 'Stand your ground' law, one only has to listen to his 1970's song, "Heaven Help Us All" to get the answer.

Stevie has been to this play before, he has seen this scene acted over and over again by some excellent actors of the times...all very good actors...all deserving of encores, flowers and standing ovations... on their graves.

Stevie Wonder's heart broke that day... again, when Trayvon died. It broke for the thousandth or probably the millionth time. He has seen it before, he has heard it before... and he has sung about it before. He sang about it, about him... the boy who won't reach twenty one... and the man who gave that boy a gun... he is sick of hearing it, he is sick of seeing it and he is saddened and broken hearted again about it.

This is why he has chosen to take such a powerful stand against laws like 'Stand your ground' and states where they give permission to men who as their actions show, are uneducated in life the beauty of life, in the value of life and even in the very reason or purpose for life.

Men like George Zimmerman live to regret their actions...but they live, unlike their victims who have all seen the curtain close on their maiden performance...they have seen their final curtain close, long before their final show was due...there have been many Trayvon Martins...and there will surely be more, as education is expensive and ignorance even more so...

Stevie has now been joined by Kanye, Jay Z and Madonna.

This is a beautiful video of Stevie performing live, introduced by none other than the late and great Johnny Cash, who was himself, a lover of life. 

                                                             "Heaven Help Us All"
Heaven help the child who never had a home,
Heaven help the girl who walks the street alone
Heaven help the roses if the bombs begin to fall,
Heaven help us all.

Heaven help the black man if he struggles one more day,
Heaven help the white man if he turns his back away,
Heaven help the man who kicks the man who has to crawl,
Heaven help us all.

Heaven help us all, heaven help us all, help us all.
Heaven help us, Lord, hear our call when we call
Oh, yeah!

Heaven help the boy who won't reach twenty-one,
Heaven help the man who gave that boy a gun.
Heaven help the people with their backs against the wall,
Lord, Heaven help us all.

Heaven help us all, heaven help us all, heaven help us all, help us all.
Heaven help us, Lord, hear our call when we call.

Now I lay me down before I go to sleep.
In a troubled world, I pray the Lord to keep, keep hatred from the mighty,
And the mighty from the small,
Heaven help us all.
Oh, oh, oh, yeah!
Heaven help us all.

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