THE SONG OF ELIZABETH

1. It’s been a hard life, I’m not complaining,
but I’ve often known the bitter taste of death. And I’ve been lonely and oh so weary,
but I’ve had to battle on with every breath.
It’s been a long drought out back, it’s been a long drought out back, I’ve had a long drought within.

2. I’d waited too long to hope for children,
when it seemed my tired womb began to grow. But still I waited, oh how I waited
for a sign of life, a kick, so I could know.

3. That day I watched as my cousin Mary
walked over summer paddocks, bare and brown.
When she spoke simply – “Hullo, how are you?” –
my baby broke its six month sleep in leaps and bounds.

4. Being a woman with life inside me,
it was wonderful to live that day.
And knowing Mary, and who she carried, I knew that I would never be alone again.


Norman Habel & Robin Mann © 1981


 

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.