Last year when I was in Birmingham staying at the Quaker retreat centre I took part in their evening Epilogue meetings. I mentioned it in passing when I wrote about it here.
One evening we watched a YouTube video of Leonard Cohen signing ‘Democracy is coming to the USA’, with visuals of Occupy Wall Street. I found it very powerful, and it moved me deeply. You can find the full lyrics here if you want.
Little did I imagine that barely a year later, in one week, that video might have such poignancy.
You can watch it here if you want to. It may make you weep, or it may charge you with some energy to take control and make change happen. Or maybe both.
Sail on, sail on
Oh mighty ship of State
To the shores of need
Past the reefs of greed
Through the Squalls of hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on
I’d like to say to any American readers out there, many of us here stand with many of you there. We are shocked, saddened, but not defeated. We hope you can take some heart from that.