Eco-communities as a social vision

Eco-communities as a social vision
Egalitarian and ecological communities, like the pictured East Wind (www.eastwind.org), are very close to our vision of an ecological society

03 April, 2009

“Happy Birthday” by Steve Wonder, album: Hotter Than July (1980)


You know it doesn't make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration
'Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I'm sure you will agree
It couldn't fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party
on the day you came to be

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you

I just never understood
How a man who died for good
Could not have a day that would
Be set aside for his recognition
Because it should never be
Just because some cannot see
The dream as clear as he
That they should make it become an illusion
And we all know everything
That he stood for time will bring
For in peace our hearts will sing
Thanks to Martin Luther King

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you

Why has there never been a holiday
Where peace is celebrated
all throughout the world

The time is overdue
For people like me and you
You know the way to truth
Is love and unity to all God's children
It should be a great event
And the whole day should be spent
In full remembrance
Of those who lived and died
for the oneness of all people
So let us all begin
We know that love can win
Let it out don't hold it in
Sing it loud as you can

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you

We know the key to unity of all people
Is in the dream that you had so long ago
That lives in all of the hearts of people
That believe in unity
We'll make the dream become a reality
I know we will
Because our hearts tell us so


Another song about Martin Luther King, proposed by our friend Amana. We read in wikipedia about the background of the purpose and promotion of this song:

Wonder wrote "Happy Birthday" in order to honor Martin Luther King and used the song to campaign for King's birthday, January 15, to become a national holiday in the USA. The sleeve liner design (of the 1980 Motown LP issue) is entirely dedicated to these two purposes. Both sides are printed in a black-and-white semi-glossy photographic process. One side features a large square photograph portrait of King inset on a black background with white lettering above and below. Above the photo is printed "Martin Luther King, Jr." "January 15, 1929 -- April 4, 1968" (on two lines, centered), and below it appears a passage of text written by Wonder. The text below the photo reads:

It is believed that for a man to lay down his life for the love of others is the supreme sacrifice. Jesus Christ by his own example showed us that there is no greater love. For nearly two thousand years now we have been striving to have the strength to follow that example. Martin Luther King was a man who had that strength. He showed us, non-violently, a better way of life, a way of mutual respect, helping us to avoid much bitter confrontation and inevitable bloodshed. We still have a long road to travel until we reach the world that was his dream. We in the United States must not forget either his supreme sacrifice or that dream.

I and a growing number of people believe that it is time for our country to adopt legislation that will make January 15, Martin Luther King's birthday, a national holiday, both in recognition of what he achieved and as a reminder of the distance which still has to be traveled.

Join me in the observance of January 15, 1981 as a national holiday.
Stevland Morris a/k/a Stevie Wonder

You can hear this song in youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNAy6Bhij8A&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6sNSl2g15E&feature=related

8 comments:

amana said...

Wonderful song!
It's been a long time since I last visited your blog... Sorry!

mantinada said...

Ενδιαφέρουσα η πρωτοβουλία σας, συνήθως μένουμε στο άκουσμα ενός τραγουδιού, στη μελωδία του, και δεν ασχολούμαστε με το τι θέλει να μας πει ο στιχουργός του.

Ένα μεγάλο μπράβο από εμένα!

Καλό σας βράδυ και καλή συνέχεια...

candiru said...

ευχαριστώ και τις δυο σας αλλά πιο πολύ την αμάνα που παλιότερα μου είχε θυμίσει το περιεχόμενο του τραγουδιού. θα σε βάλω κιόλας ωες ευχαριστήρια αναφορά, σόρυ που το ξέχασα

amana said...

Δεν είναι ανάγκη! Μου αρκεί που το θυμάσαι =D

amana said...

Σαν σήμερα δολοφονήθηκε κιόλας ο Martin Luther King... Ξέχασα να το πω στο προηγούμενο post μου!

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