1000 Grandmothers
                                                                        by Holly Near

Send in a thousand grandmothers
They will surely volunteer
With their ancient wisdom flowing
They will lend a loving ear.

First they'll form a loving circle
Around the wounded wing
Then contain the brutal beast of war
Sweet freedom songs they'll sing.

A lullaby much stronger
Than bombs and threats to kill
A force unlike we've ever known
Will break the murderer's will.

To the prisons we'll invite them
The most violent men will weep
When a thousand women hold them strong
And pray their souls to keep.

Let them rock the few who steal the most
And rule with youthful charm
So they'll see the damage that they do
And will fall into grandma's arms
Two thousand loving arms.

If you think these women are too soft
To face the world at hand
Then you've never known the power of love
And you fail to understand.

An old woman holds a powerful force
When she no longer needs to please
She can cut your shallow lie to bits
And bring you to your knees.

We best get down on our knees
And pray for a thousand grandmothers
Will you please come volunteer?
No longer tucked out of sight
Will you bring your power here
Will you bring your power here?

© copyright. Holly Near
recorded on her CD "Edge"

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