Saturday, July 29, 2006

More Jacques

If we only have love
Then tomorrow will dawn
And the days of our years
Will rise on that morn
If we only have love
To embrace without fears
We will kiss with our eyes
We will sleep without tears
If we only have love
With our arms open wide
Then the young and the old
Will stand at our side
If we only have love
Love that's falling like rain
Then the parched desert earth
Will grow green again
If we only have love
For the hymn that we shout
For the song that we sing
Then we'll have a way out
If we only have love
We can reach those in pain
We can heal all our wounds
We can use our own names
If we only have love
We can melt all the guns
And then give the new world
To our daughters and sons
If we only have love
Then Jerusalem stands
And then death has no shadow
There are no foreign lands
If we only have love
We will never bow down
We'll be tall as the pines
Neither heroes nor clowns
If we only have love
Then we'll only be men
And we'll drink from the Grail
To be born once again
Then with nothing at all
But the little we are
We'll have conquered all time
All space, the sun, and the stars.

If We Only Have Love by Jacques Brel

Noah shared the wealth of his student ID with me again this evening for rush tickets to Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. I just become completely immersed in it. It is a stage production but I feel like I'm sitting on a bar stool with these four lonely souls who are sharing their stories of love and loss. It makes me want to wear a trench coat while smoking a cigarettes and drinking a whiskey in some underground Parisian bar. It's all an old black and white movie full of thick smoke and despair. But, there is joy and hope. There is the realization of love.

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