Coming through clouds on the way

Even though I have known this song for almost a year this slightly simpler version all of a sudden made me pay attention to the lyrics, something which I hadn’t really done before. I cried the first time I watched this – big sissy that I am 🙂 This song has in fact the essence of why I adore The Innocence Mission. I also realised this week while describing it to a friend that this song encompasses a great deal of what I love about art in general. Of course when I tried to describe what that was exactly I couldn’t, which is why artists are so important. They can convey emotion and feelings, translating them into paintings, music, literature, film, photographs…

I won’t even try to interpret my own feelings about this song, its meaning and its effect on me. The lyrics are incredibly powerful in their simplicity. In just a few sentences The Innocence Mission have achieved what lengthy novels often fail to do. Maybe, just maybe when you hear it and read the lyrics you’ll feel your own heart bursting too. Or maybe you’ll just think it’s a sweet song. Either way is important.

Brotherhood of Man 

All day, since your haircut in the morning,
you have looked like a painting, even more than usual.
We are in the wind, planting the maples.
We meet an older man who seems to know
I miss my dad.
And he smiles through the limbs.
We talk easily with him
until the rain begins.
This is the brotherhood of man.
Waiting at the airport on my suitcase,
a girl traveling from Spain became my sudden friend,
though I did not learn her name.
And when the subway dimmed
a stranger lit my way.
This is the brotherhood of man.

I never can say what I mean
but you will understand,
coming through clouds on the way.
This is the brotherhood of man.

Taken from the album We Walked in Song out now


One response to “Coming through clouds on the way

  1. Ah yes, the pride of Lancaster, PA. That first album from way back when (’89!) still hits the spot.

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