LOVE ONE ANOTHER

1. When I go, you will look for me,
when I go, you will wonder.
When I go, you will look for me;
but I won't be gone, you will see me when you . . .
Love one another (Yeah!),
love one another (Alriiight!),
care for each other (OK);
love one another as I have loved you all.

2. If you love, you are friends of mine;
if you love, you're my children.
If you love, you are friends of mine;
everyone will know I am with you when you . . .

3. Love your friends, love your enemies anytime, anybody.
Love your friends, love your enemies;
in this mystery you are loving me, so . . .


1980. Almost an extended Scripture chorus, based on sections of John's gospel. I added the extra words in the chorus (bracketed) to try to get the kids at Immanuel College in Adelaide to sing along a little more. (I used to sing there five or six times a year.) It worked, with this song anyway, and this version has proved a winner with kids of all ages. The ‘Yeah’, ‘Alright’ and ‘OK’ have to be sung in a slightly exaggerated stage whisper — and with a slight American accent. I've even developed a rationale for this: Jesus' command is clear and strong, so sing the main chorus in a loud voice; however, we're not very good at loving and caring, not even sure we want to love and care, so sing the response words quietly.


2021 - Where do we go from here?

Breezin' along in my Japanese coupe, breezin' along with the windows down. The dog keeps sniffing the air - he's got an empty head but he's alright. We've got time to spare, time to get where, we don't know, and who cares?

And the days go fast and the nights go faster
Lord, where do we go from here?
Lord, where do you want me to be? (© Robin Mann 1972)

Some questions keep on coming, and this is one of them.
The pandemic has put a hold on so much, and while Australia is in a better position than many, uncertainty remains.

Two weeks ago I  finished a song 'In the year that's coming'. It ends with:

May your love shine through us,
every day renew us,
keep on coming to us, 
stay with us
in the coming year.