Keeping the world alive: On Saturday, a young relative was experiencing her final day as a 6-year-old.
She wanted to play us a favorite new song. Luckily, her selection came from the album, Acoustic Dreamland, “an exquisite selection of classic and contemporary acoustic songs for bedtime and relaxation.”
In fact, her selection was the album’s opening song, Dreamland. It was written by Mary Chapin Carpenter, sung quite beautifully by Lucy Kaplansky.
You can hear one minute here. Instantly, we were glad that Carpenter wrote this song, although we did have one question:
Sun goes down and says goodnightOur question: Especially at this time of year, do we have to wait till the sun goes down? Whatever the ruling on that one may be, the song proceeds to pose an extremely good question:
Pull your covers up real tight.
By your bed we’ll leave a light
To guide you off to dreamland.
Your pillow’s soft, your bed is warm
Your eyes are tired when day is done.
One more kiss and you’ll be gone
On your way to dreamland.
Every sleepy boy and girlWho knows where you’ll fly away? We think that’s a very good question.
In every bed around the world
Can hear the stars up in the sky
Whispering a lullaby.
Who knows where you’ll fly away
Winging past the light of day?
The man in the moon and the Milky Way
Welcome you to dreamland.
Ironical, ain’t it? It occurred to us that, when the sense of mystery goes out of life, so does the desire for truth.
Our young scholar thought this was a very good song. We had the same reaction!