Memorial Day

Memorial Day – not a time for mattress sales, but a time to remember those brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.  From the first time I heard Let Them In, John Gourka’s musical tribute to them it has stayed in my mind.  And while I listen to it year round, I always make it a point to listen to it more around Memorial Day.  I don’t need a new mattress, but I do need to remember those men and women for their sacrifice. (This version by David Wilcox)

Let them in, Peter
They are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires

Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired by the sun not wartime’s
Bloody guns

May their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die
God knows how young they were
To have to die

So give them things they like
Let them make some noise
Give dance hall bands not golden harps
To these our boys

And let them love, Peter
For they’ve had no time
They should have trees and bird songs
And hills to climb

The taste of summer in a ripened pear
And girls sweet as meadow wind
With flowing hair

And tell them how they are missed
But say not to fear
It’s gonna be alright
With us down here

Let them in, Peter
Let them in, Peter
Let them in, Peter

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