An ode to Virginia Woolf might seem a funny song to choose for a song lyric Sunday theme about gratitude.

But, within the lyrics, Emily Salier expresses her gratitude to Virginia Woolf for keeping a diary, and how it links them through time. Emily was reborn through Virginia’s words:

When the river eclipsed your life
And sent your soul like a message in a bottle to me
And it was my rebirth

We are all interconnected, the Genome Project proved that, and we should be grateful for this interconnection, not despiteful of it.  

When still teaching, and thus putting together my student learning course packs – course syllabi, assignments, book list, seminars/lectures, primary source reading materials – I included song lyrics I felt apropos to teaching, to learning, to history. For a variety of reasons, including these lines, I used this song as one of the lyric sets:

And here’s a young girl
On a kind of a telephone line through time
And the voice at the other end comes like a long lost friend
So I know I’m all right

I will always be grateful for the opportunity I had to teach, especially at one particular university where, among other things, the students staged a revolutionary act on my behalf. Without me asking or knowing. Because they cared. Because I cared about each of them as a person and a student. Because I cared that they learned and enjoyed the process.

I’m grateful for the over forty-year friendship of the person who turned me on to the Indigo Girls, and to Emily and Amy – they have always sung my life. They have said with beauty and strength things I could not find my own words for.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I wish that everyone had food, shelter, safety and love on Thursday, but we live in an imperfect country, I’m afraid.

 

ap,550x550,24x32,2,transparent,t.u3[1]Some will strut and some will fret
See this an hour on the stage
Others will not but they’ll sweat
In their hopelessness and their rage
We’re all the same the men of anger
And women of the page
They published your diary
And that’s how I got to know you
The key to the room of your own and a mind without end
And here’s a young girl
On a kind of a telephone line through time
And the voice at the other end comes like a long lost friend
So I know I’m all right
Life will come and life will go
Still I feel it’s all right
Cause I just got a letter to my soul
And when my whole life is on the tip of my tongue
Empty pages for the no longer young
The apathy of time laughs in my face
You say “each life has its place”
The hatches were battened
The thunderclouds rolled and the critics stormed
The battle surrounded the white flag of your youth
If you need to know that you weathered the storm

pp,550x550.u3[1]Of cruel mortality
A hundred years later I’m sitting here living proof
So you know you’re all right
(All right)
Life will come and life will go
(Life will come and go)
Still you’ll feel it’s all right
(All right)
Someone’ll get a letter to your soul
(Someone gets your soul)
When your whole life is on the tip of your tongue
Empty pages for the no longer young
The apathy of time laughed in your face
Did you hear me say “each life has its place”
The place where you hold me
Dark in a pocket of truth
The moon had swallowed the sun and the light of the earth
And so it was for you
When the river eclipsed your life
And sent your soul like a message in a bottle to me
And it was my rebirth
So we know we’re all right
(All right)
Though life will come and life will go
(Though life will come and life will go)
Still you’ll feel it’s all right
(All right)
Someone’ll will get a letter to your soul
(Someone gets your soul)
Then you know you’re all right
ap,550x550,24x32,2,transparent,t.u3[1](When my whole life is on the tip of my tongue)
Then you feel you’re all right
(Empty pages for the no longer young)
And your hear dry you eyes
(You said)

And you know it’s all right
(Each life has it’s place)
And your hear dry your eyes
(You said)
And you know it’s all right
(Each life has it’s place)
And it’s all right
(It’ll be all right)

Songwriters: SALIERS, EMILY ANN
Virginia Woolf lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

Images by Dana Keller

 

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