SNOW

by Jim Vick

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This song is from Strings and Wood, a mostly acoustic solo album that is nearly finished. I actually had written another version of this song many years ago, but it never felt quite right to me - there was always something missing. Then one day in the midst of my involvement in the peace movement in Seattle, I happened upon the snowflake metaphor used by the Sound Nonviolent Opponents to War (SNOW,) a coalition of neighbohood peace groups in the Puget Sound area that formed in response to the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of that date and in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, I’m giving this track away to everyone on my mailing list and eveyone who visits my website in the coming months. The song is dedicated to all who work for peace and justice and for the protection of our planet, going beyond merely dreaming of a better tomorrow.

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SNOW

Like the snowflakes falling,
settling on the ground,
gathering into towering drifts
that shut a city down,
it starts so small and softly,
it’s barely seen or heard.
Yet each day we grow in number
as we work to spread the word.

I won’t deny we’re living in an age of darkness.
I won’t pretend to know
that it will all get better someday.
But the few of us whose eyes are open
wide enough to see what’s goin’ on
need to be brave enough and strong.

And keep on watching.
We dare not look away.
And Keep on working.
There is no other way.
Though we may not see the changes
we struggle to achielve,
in the face of apathy,
we’ll stand up for what we believe.

Like the spark igniting
leaves upon the ground,
fanned into the fiery flames
that brought the forest down,
this tiny spark of warmth and light
somehow sustains its glow
and spreads its sparkle ‘round the planet
as our numbers grow.

I won’t deny we’re living in an age of darkness.
I won’t pretend to know
that it will all get better someday.
But the few of us whose eyes are open
wide enough to see what’s goin’ on
need to be brave enough and strong.

A day is coming,
though it may not be coming soon.
Maybe our children
will be the ones to see it through.
And they will need to know the truths
we were compelled to stand behind.
And they will need to see the images
and words that moved our minds.
And they will need to know the dreams
that we have clung to all our lives.
And they will need to hear the songs
that helped our spirits to survive
to survive.

Copyright 2005 Jim Vick

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released September 30, 2011
Music & Lyrics by Jim Vick

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Jim Vick Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Jim currently performs regularly on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, just outside of the popular ecotourism and surfing town of Puerto Viejo, Limon. Following up on his recently released instrumental album, PUNTA RASTA, he's now at work on a new solo acoustic album, as well as the album presentation of BHAKTI BLUE, a collection of his musical interpretations of the Sufi poet Rumi. ... more

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