Carlene Thissen

Carlene Thissen

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Folk - Contemporary | Naples, Florida, United States
Total Song Plays: 7,532   
Member Since: 2006
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Alison Krauss, Joan Baez

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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 the farm worker immigrants just want to work, and they are grateful to be here. Even though they work long, hard days, their children can go to school and have a future.

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. It was based in my book, Immokalee's Fields of Hope, the story of the farm worker immigrants in Immokalee, Florida. The song is also available in Spanish, a beautiful translation done by Silvia Casabianca.

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


People suffering, 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.

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


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?

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

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're safe, we are here,
Sleep well, my love.

FINAL CHORUS/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.

Associated Videos

Video - Take These Hands
Take These Hands

Take These Hands is a compassionate look at immigrants from Central and South America and the Caribbean. Its difficult to read the words on the small screen, so here they are: Beginning: Immokalee, Florida, about 30 miles east of Naples on Floridas gulf coast, is home to thousands of immigrants from countries south of our border. They came to escape terrible poverty.... The fear of deadly persecution.... and a jobless state that leaves their children hungry. They just want to work, make a better life, and live in peace. End quotes: "Thats why they are coming. They come to earn." Sister Maureen Kelleher, R.H.S.M., Immigration Attorney Many of these workers still live in the shadows. We need their labor... They need a way to survive.... Take these hands.

Song Length
Folk - General, Folk - Contemporary
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Female Vocal
Moving, Tranquil

Subject Matter
Hope, Worry

Similar Artists
Alison Krauss, Sarah Mclachlan
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Carlene Thissen
Music Credits Carlene Thissen
Producer Credits Robert George Productions
Publisher Credits Carlene Thissen
Performance Credits Carlene Thissen, Mike Blasucci
Label Credits Carlene Thissen