Posted by: deerharas | September 26, 2008

Late Night Lyrics

Little Elba, how’s the sun in South America?
Does it shine upon the faces of the poor?
Do they see in it the brilliance of the place that’s been prepared,
And dwell upon the hope of what’s in store?
Or are they just like me?
Do they only see,
An opportunity to complain about the heat?

Little Elba, how’s the rain in South America?
Does it fall upon the rooftops of the sick?
Do they thank the Lord for coming up with such a great idea,
And dream about a place beyond all this?
Or are they just like us?
Do they gripe and fuss,
About the rain and mud when they’ve had too much?

‘Cause I’m just a little jealous,
Of the nothing that you have.
You’re unfettered by the wealth of,
Of a world that we pretend is gonna last.

Well I’m weary of the spoils of my ambition,
And I’m shackled by the comfort of my couch.
Well I wish I had the courage to deny these of myself,
And start to store my treasure in the clouds.
‘Cause this is not my home;
I do not belong,
Where the antelope and the buffalo roam.

And I’m just a little jealous,
Of the nothing that you have.
You’re unfettered by the wealth of,
Of a world that we pretend is gonna last.

They say God blessed us with plenty,
But I say you’re blessed with poverty.
‘Cause you never stop to wonder whether earth is just a little better than,
The land of the free

So I hope you’re safe and dry in South America,
‘Cause I’m feeling pretty good in Tennessee.
May you never be so happy that you forget about your home,
Your home in the land of the free.

Andrew Peterson – hidden track on “Clear to Venus”

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Responses

  1. beautiful. I love this song.

  2. […] I quoted Andrew Peterson the night I turned my paper in … the most writing I could muster at that point.  : )  His words so beautifully capture the point.  It’s not that there’s some inherent goodness in poverty or some inherent evil in wealth.  The poor are blessed because they know what it is to be in need.  They are in a spiritually enviable position in that “their economic misfortune render(s) them more responsive to the will of God.  Their daily hunger and grief h(o)ld them close to the prerequisites of the kingdom.”  (Okay, I had to get in one paper quote there … from Thomas Hoyt Jr.’s article “The Poor/Rich Theme in the Beatitudes” if you’re interested.)  Not to mention the fact that in the age to come there will be an end to their need. […]

  3. I love this song! A great message to think about and the most catchy tune ever…I could listen to it over and over!


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