WHEN OUR LIFE BEGAN AGAIN

1. When his time was over,
the palms lay where they fell.
As they ate together, he told his friends farewell. Jesus, though you cried out for some other end, love could only choose a cross
when our life began again.

2. Secretly they planned it,
with money changing hands;
in the quiet garden a kiss betrayed their man. Priests and elders tried him,
soldiers crowned him king.
We were in the crowd that day
when our life began again.

3. Women wept to see him,
he said "Don't weep for me."
Many laughed and mocked him,
"Forgive them, they don't see."
Jesus, please forgive me, you know what I am; I was one who nailed your hands
when our life began again.

4. There was one who asked you,
"Remember me this day."
Jesus, when I'm dying, remember me that way. When my life is over, be with me, my friend, like the thief upon the cross
when our life began again.


1980. I rarely write words without having music in mind, and vice versa. But after I have an initial "song" I often start again with words or music. I wrote 4 tunes for this song before I got to the one it has now, and even then I wasn't very happy with it. It was only when Geoff Strelan suggested (a year or two later) changing the key to D minor (rather than E minor) that it sounded right.


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.