Unravelling and weaving, sometimes simultaneously

The Unbroken Circle

I am working on songs for Adam’s memorial service. I have a couple that I am pretty certain he would like and that feel appropriate for him in particular… “The Deer’s Cry”, “Let It Be”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “What A Wonderful World”.  I want to end with a hymn. Adam was reared, as I was, a Baptist, though our years together were spent happily at the much more liberal and relaxed Episcopal church where I work as an office manager. He was reared by his mother and grandmother, and spent time as a young man in a faith-based rehab when he struggled with alcohol after the loss of his mother. Like me, he was eclectic in his beliefs, more spiritual than religious, but he loved gospel songs, singing in general, and was, from our discussions, a full-out believer in an afterlife where we would all be together once again.

So I pulled this song, covered by many country singers, out of my memory, and finding the lyrics, I adapted them a little, to make them more universal than a song simply about the loss of a mother. It is the same grinding loss no matter who is leaving in that vehicle, parting from us on this plane. Our hope lies in reunion, in knowing love and the soul is eternal, no matter how temporal this mortal life is.

“Will The Circle Be Unbroken”
(adapted from lyrics by Pete Seeger)

I was standing by my window,
On one cold and cloudy day
When I saw that hearse come rolling
For to carry my loved one away

Will the circle be unbroken
by and by, Lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
in the sky, Lord, in the sky

I said to that undertaker
undertaker please drive slow
for this loved one you are carrying
Lord, I hate to see them go

Will the circle be unbroken
by and by, Lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
in the sky, Lord, in the sky

We sing the songs of childhood
Hymns of faith that make us strong
Ones that all our mothers taught us
Hear the angels sing along

Will the circle be unbroken
by and by, Lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
in the sky, Lord, in the sky

Will the circle be unbroken
by and by, Lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
in the sky, Lord, in the sky

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