The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168402   Message #4077947
Posted By: Stewie
02-Nov-20 - 07:38 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
EULOGY (FOR A BLACK PERSON)
(Kev Carmody)

Lay me down in the sacred ground
Keep me from the cold
Keep me in the deep warm earth
Where the stars can see my soul 
Take me where them trees stand tall
By the waters in the river bend
Let me face the rising sun
Commend my spirit to the wind
Make no monuments or mortal crowns
Or speak my name again when you lay me down

Lay me where the forest blooms
In the land that’s seen no plough
Where the fragrance on the western wind
Is carried from every springtime flower 
Give me peace and give me rest
Lay me down on the mountain crest
Bury me softly without a sound
Let the scrub grow back across that mound
Make no monuments or mortal crowns 
Or speak my name again when you lay me down

Bury me quick and bury me deep
Without no coffin or shrouded sheet
Wrap me in the Mother Earth
So I can nurture the land’s rebirth
Give me joy and give me song
Carry the struggle wide and long
Do not grieve and do not weep
Mortal memories are all we keep
make no monuments or mortal crowns
Or speak my name again when you lay me down

Let the winter dew fall on that grave
Let me see the night sky blaze
See the moon in the winter’s wane
Knifing through that cosmic maze 
Give me water, give me fire
Don’t give me monuments of stone
Give me rainbows in the sky 
Give me back my land in which to lie
Make no monuments or mortal crowns 
Or speak my name again when you lay me down

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--Stewie.