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Origins: Cranes Over Hiroshima

saulgoldie 15 Mar 11 - 08:34 PM
ChanteyLass 16 Mar 11 - 03:56 PM
JohnH 16 Mar 11 - 06:43 PM
GUEST,pete from seven stars link 17 Mar 11 - 06:42 PM
ChanteyLass 17 Mar 11 - 07:49 PM
oldhippie 18 Mar 11 - 07:14 PM
GUEST,Graham Bradshaw 19 Mar 11 - 10:48 AM
Susanne (skw) 02 Apr 11 - 09:20 PM
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Subject: Cranes Over Hiroshima
From: saulgoldie
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 08:34 PM

The current Japanese nuclear disaster is not the same event as when a bomb was intentionally dropped with the intent of killing lots of people and, one hoped, ending a brutal war. But the current Japan nuclear disaster makes me think of this one:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjcErdte4W0&playnext=1&list=PL209AF04A2B0238C9


        Cranes Over Hiroshima
        By Fred Small


The baby blinks her eye, as the sun falls from the sky,

She feels the sting of a thousand fires, as the city around her dies.

Some sleep beneath the rubble, some wake to a different world,

From the crying babe will grow a laughing girl.

Ten summers fade to Autumn, ten winters' snows have passed,
She's a child of dreams and dances, she's a racer strong and fast.
But the headaches come ever more often, and the dizziness always returns,
And the word she hears is leukemia, and it burns.

chorus:

Cranes over Hiroshima, white and red and gold,

Flicker in the sunlight, like a million vanished souls.

I will fold the cranes of paper, to a thousand one by one.

And I'll fly away, when I am done.

Her ancestors knew the legend, if you make a thousand cranes.
From squares of colored paper, it will take away the pain.
With loving hands she folds them, 644
Till the morning her trembling hands can't fold anymore.

cho.

Her friend did not forget her, crane after crane they made,
Until they reached a thousand, and they laid them on her grave.
People from everywhere gathered, and together a prayer they said,
And they wrote the words in granite so none may forget.

This is our cry, this is our prayer, peace in the world.


* * * * *

This is one of my "A" songs that I am working on so I can get it to sound right and not break down before I finish playing it.

Saul


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Subject: RE: Origins: Cranes Over Hiroshima
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 03:56 PM

It's a wonderful song, and I miss seeing Fred Small's performances, but I guess he is UU ministry is keeping him busy.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Cranes Over Hiroshima
From: JohnH
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 06:43 PM

Mid 60's as I vaguely remember "The Dead Girl of Hiroshima" to the tune of "Seal of Sule Skerrie" (Sing Out)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Cranes Over Hiroshima
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 17 Mar 11 - 06:42 PM

i remember reading the very moving story of the girl folding paper cranes ,when i was at school decades ago.i think it was called"the paper stork".


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Subject: RE: Origins: Cranes Over Hiroshima
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 17 Mar 11 - 07:49 PM

There are two children's books about Sadako Sasaki, both by Eleanor Coerr. One is a chapter book, "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes;" the other is a picture book, "Sadako." I used to read these to my students. Both are wonderful and as heartbreaking as the song. I think Pete Seeger did a song about this, too.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Cranes Over Hiroshima
From: oldhippie
Date: 18 Mar 11 - 07:14 PM

"I Come and Stand" - Susan Stark on her "Child of the Nuclear Age" might be the song from the 60s.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Cranes Over Hiroshima
From: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
Date: 19 Mar 11 - 10:48 AM

And the late great Jim Couza did a heart=aching version of Fred Small's song on his Jubilee
album.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Cranes Over Hiroshima
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 02 Apr 11 - 09:20 PM

"I Come And Stand" has its own thread here. In its utter simplicity it is one of the most moving songs I know.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Cranes Over Hiroshima
From: Stewie
Date: 02 Apr 11 - 10:39 PM

There is also this song from Small Potatoes:

1000 Candles, 1000 Cranes.

--Stewie.


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