One and All

The music doesn’t do the lyrics justice:

Amazon, by John Denver1

There is a river that runs from the mountains

That one river is all rivers

All rivers are that one

 

There is a tree that stands in the forest

That one tree is all forests

All trees are that one

 

There is a flower that blooms in the desert

That one blossom is all flowers

All flowers are that one

 

There is a bird that sings in the jungle

That one song is all music

All songs are that one

 

It is the song of life

It is the flower of faith

It is the tree of temptation

It is the river of no regret

 

There is a child that cries in the ghetto

That one child is all children

All children are that one

 

There is a vision that shines in the darkness

That one vision is all of our dreams

It is a vision of heaven

It is a child of promise

It is the song of life

It is the river of no regret

 

Let this be a voice for the mountains

Let this be a voice for the river

Let this be a voice for the forest

Let this be a voice for the flowers

Let this be a voice for the ocean

Let this be a voice for the desert

Let this be a voice for the children

Let this be a voice for the dreamers

Let this be a voice of no regret

 

He was crazy, and he made some stupid mistakes, but at his best, he was a mystic. Too bad the world doesn’t often listen to the mystics, we’d live in a vastly different and better world if we did.

1 John Denver, Amazon lyrics © Reservoir One Music, Reservoir Media Management Inc

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