Thursday, 21 July 2016

After the party

Sally, Kerry, Kiffen, Emily, Harriet, Victoria Park

Anniversary Aftermath

Across time and oceans
After the party, after the dance
Your sleeps are laced with tranquil dreams
Your heart beats with sympathetic rhythms
Wandering, returning, seeking, striving
Listening, looking, smelling, feeling

The readiness is all
Let be

Mary, John, Michele, Kerry, Tony, Sally, Emily, Alex, Harriet, Janet, Michael, Kiffen
The Thousandth Man by Rudyard Kipling
One man in a thousand, Solomon says.
Will stick more close than a brother.
And it's worth while seeking him half your days
If you find him before the other.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine depend
On what the world sees in you,
But the Thousandth Man will stand your friend
With the whole round world against you.

'Tis neither promise nor prayer nor show
Will settle the finding for 'ee.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em go
By your looks, or your acts, or your glory.
But if he finds you and you find him,
The rest of the world don't matter;
For the Thousandth Man will sink or swim
With you in any water.

You can use his purse with no more talk
Than he uses yours for his spendings,
And laugh and meet in your daily walk
As though there had been no lendings.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em call
For silver and gold in their dealings;
But the Thousandth Man he's worth 'em all
Because you can show him your feelings.

His wrong's your wrong, and his right's your right,
In season or out of season.
Stand up and back it in all men's sight
With that for your only reason!
Nine hundred and ninety-nine can't bide
The shame or mocking or laughter,
But the Thousandth Man will stand by your side
To the gallows-foot – and after!

Tony, Graeme, Nick, Sally, Marco, Russ, Amy, Jack, Mark, Juliet, Kiffen, Janet, Emily, Michele, Mary, Alex, Harriet, Basit

Extract from "Joy To The World" (by Hoyt Axton) as sung by Three Dog Night and featured in the film The Big Chill

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls, now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me
Tony, Sally, Sue, Brian, Michael, John, Nick

Extract from "Love Train" (by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff) as sung by The O’Jays

People all over the world (everybody)
Join hands (join)
Start a love train, love train
People all over the world (all the world, now)
Join hands (love ride)
Start a love train (love ride), love train

The next stop that we make will be England
Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too
Don't you know that it's time to get on board
And let this train keep on riding, riding on through
Well, well

People all over the world (you don't need no money)
Join hands (come on)
Start a love train, love train (don't need no ticket, come on)
People all over the world (Join in, ride this train)
Join in (Ride this train, y'all)
Start a love train (Come on, train), love train
Zaara's Restaurant in Saltaire

All of you brothers over in Africa
Tell all the folks in Egypt, and Israel, too
Please don't miss this train at the station
'Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you

People all over the world (Sisters and brothers)
Join hands (join, come on)
Start a love train (ride this train, y'all), love train (Come on)
People all over the world (Don't need no tickets)
Join hands (come on, ride)
Start a love train, love train

Seeding, planting, watering, weeding, tending, growing....