In an effort to express how the music of John Mellencamp touches our everyday lives, a display of one picture and one lyric, will be posted every day as part of a year-long project. Images and thoughts to ponder. This is picture #75.
Thank You from Words and Music
Let me say thank you to those who love many
Let me say thank you to those who still play fair
Hallelujah, the meek shall inherit
Let me say thank you to all you people out there, out there
Let me say grace for those who don’t feel they matter
May God look down on all the soldiers of this Earth
Trying to find peace in this world that house so many
Let me say grace for those who feel lost from birth, lost from birth
Let’s give a smile for those who feel that they have nothing
Let me shake the hand of Johnny Doe out on the street
Let’s give a wink for those girls who don’t feel pretty
Let’s find some water for those who need a drink, need a drink
And when I see so many broken and lonely
Soon to be entering Heaven’s door
Let me count the ways
Let me count the blessings
That no man should feel lonely anymore
Let me say thank you to the people raising families
Let me say thank you to the men who grow the bread
And here’s to dreams of a bigger, brighter future
That we all got someone to keep the stones from our bed
Let me say thank you to those who love many
Let me say thank you for those who still play fair
Well, Hallelujah, the meek shall inherit
Let me say thank you to all you people out there
All you people out there
So let me say thank you
All you people out there…
For reading the thoughts put to “paper” with the music of John Mellencamp playing in the foreground over the last 74 days. For many of John’s fans, his music is more than a song to sing along to on the commute into work every morning. It’s a way of life. For each and every moment in our lives there’s a song that plays right along with it. For every relationship we’ve ever had, there’s a song that captures the very deepest of feelings we hold close in our hearts. It’s the one thing in our lives that has never let us down. In his words and in his music, we find our hope and our inspiration. We see ourselves for that person we are when we’re all alone in the dead of night, and we find the strength and courage to smile back at that same person in the mirror every morning. We see the world for what it is and what it can be, what it should be. We see ourselves that way, too. We strive to be better and to do better. In the music of John Mellencamp, we find the truth and we expose the lies. We teach our children to tell the truth, and we hope they have a better understanding. We ask the hard questions and we get no easy answers, but we never give up the fight for what’s just and right. With the music of John Mellencamp, in our weakest moments, we are never really alone. We are never without a hand to hold onto. The best things we’ve known in our lives are family and friends. And the friends we’ve met because of John Mellencamp’s music, are lifelong. They are quite simply, some of the best people we know. We “get” it.
And we all have a story to tell, a reason why John Mellencamp’s music has become a part of our lives. What’s your story? How has the music of John Mellencamp touched your life? Which song moves your soul? Which song tells your life story? Which song do you hear and wonder how John Mellencamp knew exactly what you were thinking and feeling at that exact time in your life? Which song makes you smile reliving the memories of the times spent laughin laughin with your friends? Which song sings of your broken heart but reminds you of just how far you’ve come since then? Which song is your dream? Your hope? Your inspiration? Your life?
Share that song. Share your story.
So let me say thank you to John Mellencamp for writing the song that saved my life.
So let me say thank you to John for writing the songs that helped make me who I am today.
And let me say thank you for giving me some of the best friends I will ever know; for the moments we’ve shared, and for the memories we’ve made that will last a life time.
How do you want to say thank you?
Love and Happiness~
If you wish to share your story, please send an email to email@example.com. Please put 365 and the title of the song, for example, 365 Pink Houses, in the subject line, and include your story. I will respond with guidelines, questions, a final version of your story, and any other information needed prior to publishing your story. And, let me say thank you!