Carlene Thissen

Carlene Thissen

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Folk - Contemporary | Naples, Florida, United States
Total Song Plays: 7,533   
Member Since: 2006
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   Sounds Like: Alison Krauss, Joan Baez

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220

Song Description

Take These Hands takes the listener through the struggles of poor people south of our borders, and shows why so many of them want to come to the United States. The second verse tells how they feel when they get here. The overall message is that most of

Story Behind the Song

The song was written originally as the music behind a video and documentary that support a humane approach to immigration reform. This long version is used in the documentary

Lyrics

Strumming

O o o o o o oo
O o ooooooo ooo
O o o o o o o ooo
O o Oooo oooo

REFRAIN:

Take these hands
Take These hands
Children of the sun, we are one


VERSE 1:
People suff?ring, struggling
In the dark I listen to them cry
Poor side of the river / desert, or sea,
Born on the poor side of the line

Little one, my little child,
You are four years old.
Tiny hands will soon be working
All my dreams are cold.

REFRAIN

VERSE 2:
What will I remember?
The heat the dirt, --- the color of the sky
House is so poor, there?s nothing for our meals
The heat the dirt, we barely survive

There?s a lady, with a lamp,
Will she welcome us?
We are poor, but we?ll work hard
Will she welcome us?

REFRAIN

VERSE 3

Living in the shadows,
But I have no way to apply
But here it gets us something, money for a home
I know --- my little child will be alright.

Little one, my little child,
You are five years old,
You?ll go to school soon, have a future
It?s the dream we?ve known.

REFRAIN

VERSE 4

I go dark in the morning,
Come home in the darkness of the night
Days in the fields are long, so long,
Sun burning down from the sky.

Little one, my little child
Thank our God above
You are safe, we are here,
Sleep well, my love.

FINAL REFRAIN/CODA

Take these hands
Take These hands
Children of the sun, we are one.

Take these hands
Take These hands
Children of the sun, we are one.
Children of the sun??.. we are one.


O o o o o o oo
O o ooooooo ooo
O o o o o o o ooo
O o Oooo oooo

Strumming

Song Length
6:58
Genres
Folk - General, Folk - Traditional
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Female Vocal
Moods
Peaceful, Welcoming

Subject Matter
Justice, Spirituality

Similar Artists
Joan Baez, The Cranberries
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

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