When Human Life
The text of this song is adapted from a letter written by Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire to her baby son:
“When human life is held so sacred that no one can kill, wars will be no more. Greed and selfishness will turn into feeding the hungry and removing poverty. It is possible, Luke, to change to this kind of world. You just have to refuse to accept the old ways of thinking. All men and women know that killing and starvation is wrong – it is just that not enough people are prepared to change themselves and to work on making things different.”
Quiet, prayerful, hopeful
3 part song with loose timing that follows the patterns of speech.
When human life is held so sacred
That no one can bring themselves to kill
Wars will be no more.
It is possible, my child, to change the world.
But you must refuse to accept the old ways of thinking
And prepare your heart, and prepare your life,
and prepare your thinking
When human life is held so sacred that no one can kill
Wars will be no more, Wars will be no more
pdf of background notes and teaching ideas, pdf of score, mp3 recording of whole song, mp3 separate parts