Lyrical Images

Historical & Literary References:

Martin Niemoller - also see:
Holocaust Remembrance
Nazi Germany
First they came for the communists
Then they came for the Jews
But I wasn’t a communist
And I wasn’t a Jew
So I didn’t stand up
And I didn’t ask why
And by the time they came for me
There was no one left to ask why

from Mike’s song: “Stand Up
Japanese American Internment - also see:
Executive Order 9066
War Relocation Authority
The order came in ’42
From the president & they told us to
Take only what you can carry

from Mike’s song: “Take Only What You Can Carry
Chief Joseph - also see:
Nez Perce
Hear me all you people
From where the sun now stands
I will fight no more forever

from Mike’s song: “Fight No More Forever
Saint Francis
Where there is hatred, let me sow
Love, pardon, life & joy
Wherever I go
Where there is darkness, let me show
Light & hope in the face of despair
Wherever I go

from Mike’s song: “Wherever I Go
John Muir - also see:
National Parks System
Sierra Club
I climbed up on a mountain during a wild storm
Not one to waste adventure
Staying comfortable and warm
The fierce wind bent sequoias
Just like little blades of grass
I didn’t want the moment to pass

from Mike’s song: “The Moment
Any fool can destroy trees
Which stood so proudly for centuries
Withstanding fire, wind & disease
But not the test of fools like these

from Mike’s song: “Any Fool
Habitat for Humanity - also see:
Millard Fuller
No matter who we are
No matter where we roam
Everyone of us deserves a home

from Mike’s song: “Everyone of Us
Chief Dan George
Each day brings an hour of magic, listen
Things will whisper their secrets to you
You will know this, your life will show it
If you let it happen

from Mike’s song: “Let It Happen
William Blake - also see:
English poets
Can I see another’s woe
And not in sorrow be also?
Can I see another’s grief
And not seek kind relief?

from Mike’s song: “Another’s Woe”
Navaho prayer
Beauty before me, beauty behind
Above, below, all around
from Mike’s song: “Beauty
Thomas Carew - also see:
English poets
Not for your eyes, nor for your hair
Lips or your words or your smile so fair
Not for your wit, your neck or your breast
Your tender kisses & all the rest
I love you not for each thing small
I love you darling for them all

from Mike’s song: “The Compliment
If it be love, give me a storm
Be hot or cold, but not lukewarm
Oh crown my joy or ease my pain
Give me more love, or more distain

from Mike’s song: “Mediocrity Rejected”
Martin Luther King, Jr. - also see:
Civil Rights Movement
Peace Movement
On the road to freedom, guided by a dream
It’s not the color of the cloth
But strength of fiber & of seam
Where justice flows like water
Like an everlasting stream
On the road to freedom
The dawning light will gleam

from Mike’s song: “On the Road to Freedom”
From Birmingham to Viet Nam
Johannesburg, Baghdad & Salvador
In spite of hate, oh love’s power is great
In such a time, just as this

from Mike’s song: “Such a Time as This”

Biblical References:

Verse: in Mike’s song:
Micah 6:8 “What Does the Lord Require of Thee”
I Corinthians 13 Nothing Without Love
Matthew 5:1-12 & Luke 6:20-23 Blessed Peace
Esther 4:14 “Such a Time”
Psalm 85:6-11 Revive Us Again
Psalm 85:10-11 “Peace and Justice Will Kiss”
Psalm 72 “Blessed Be God’s Name”
Isaiah 61 “Jubilee”
Luke 14:28-30 Count Well the Cost
Revelations 7:3 Hurt Not the Earth
Amos 5:24 “Road to Freedom”
Psalm 24:1 “Glory”
Luke 4:16-18 Standing in Oppression’s Way
Romantic, erotic, wedding or anniversary songs:
Not In My Wildest Dreams
It's Nothing Fancy
All The Days Of Your Life
Hanging On A String
Nothing Without Love
The Compliment
Loving All The While
Season of Song
Come Closer to Me
Waltzing Around In The Nude
Anti-war songs:
See all songs on “The Strangest Dream CD ordering.
Creativity, environment, nature:
In Wonder
The Moment
Hurt Not The Earth
Humor & satire:
Waltzing Around In The Nude
The Cookie Thief
On Words Unnecessary
I Told You So
Twelve Days of Invasion

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