FOR #MichaelBrown: “Standing In The Breach”

I know he wrote the song about the earthquake in Haiti, but tonight as I try to fathom the situation in Ferguson from a civil rights perspective, I have kept playing Jackson Browne’s stunningly evocative “Standing in the Breach.” Applying the songwriter’s words to the Brown family’s pleas for peace in spite of an agonizing situation I can only imagine, it is hard not to hear these words with renewed import:

And though the earth may tremble and the oceans pitch and rise
We will all assemble and we will lift our eyes
To the tasks that we know lie before us
And the power our prayers beseech
And cast our souls into the heavens, standing in the breach

You don’t know why it’s such a far cry
From the world this world could be
You don’t know why but you still try
For the world you wish to see
You don’t know how it’s going to happen now
After all that’s come undone
And you know the world you’re waiting for may not come
No it may not come
But you know the change the world needs now
Is there, in everyone

I have no stronger words.

 

 

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