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Words (Just Aren't Enough)

John A. Walsh

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Words was written several years ago; this track is a fresh version of the song. It is no less relevant to me than it was when I wrote it, unfortunately.

Those of us who were born into a peaceful, thriving, first-world setting cannot appreciate the desperate lives of people born into more hopeless surroundings. Around the time of writing this song, I befriended a man my age from Lebanon. As a teenager in Beirut, he told me stories of running and hiding behind dumpsters and torched cars to avoid gunfire in the streets - just to walk home from school. He was more grateful to be living in the USA than me. I was ashamed of the way I took my blessed life for granted and how disconnected I was from the pain and suffering of people I only knew about from television.

This song came from that realization. In the final analysis, I hope that my actions will have spoken louder than my words, which just aren't enough.

Here's a description of the stunning photograph: In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Afghan refugee girl, Gul Bibi Shamra, 3, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the U.N.’s refugee agency.

(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen - Photo used by permission) https://muhammedmuheisen.com/

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Peace River

John A. Walsh

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"Where it all flows, God only knows..."

Friends, as I put this song up on the website on Easter Sunday, 2020, my hope & prayer for the entire Human Race is for a greater peace & understanding between us.

It seems that kindness, mercy & love have been in short supply in this world for quite a while now. Speaking for myself, I know I am capable of embracing more of all three of these most noble human qualities.

We're not perfect; but, we can be pretty good to each other when we try. After all, we have been designed to take care of each other.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well..." Psalm 139, 13-14

God only knows...

I wish you peace and hope this song, Peace River, brings you some joy. JW

Ps. The painting used as the cover art for this song is by Emily Suzanne Drennon (who also happens to be my daughter). She painted this one for me, so I'm calling it "Peace River, Part 1".

Check out her work at: https://www.instagram.com/_aura_art__/ Contact her about purchasing existing works or commission projects at emilysuzannedrennon@yahoo.com

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Philadelphia, 1918

John A. Walsh

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"Philadelphia, 1918" tells the story of an immigrant's experience living in Philadelphia in the early 1900's. Life was hard for the song's protagonist, but 1918's Spanish Flu pandemic would make those days gone by pale in comparison.

I wrote this song in December 2019 for the January 2020 meeting of The Song Colony, a regular songwriter's gathering, in Marietta, Ohio. Each month, a challenge word or phrase is chosen for creative inspiration for the next session.

The challenge word for the month was "fever" - for some reason, I almost immediately thought of the flu pandemic of 1918. I knew of this story, but not much in the way of detail. After researching this stunning chapter of history in the early 1900's, I had the story line for the song.

Little did any of us know what the whole world would be experiencing within six weeks of presenting this tune at the January meeting of The Song Colony. There are eerie similarities between what happened in 1918 and what's happening now as I write this in March, 2020.

Peace, JAW

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