||[Aug. 9th, 2006|02:05 pm]
In great deeds something abides, in great fields something stays.
Forms change and paths and bodies disappear,
But spirits linger to consecrate ground for the vision place of the soul.
And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not,
And that we know not of shall come here to ponder and to dream.
And the power of the vision shall pass into their souls.
------------------ In Great Deeds from The Civil War: The Complete Works
This is a spoken song on The Civil War: The Complete Works 2-disk soundtrack. I love the imagery and message it sends. Charlie Daniels reads it and his voice is perfect for it. He also does the Prologue to the musical.
On the 12th April, 1861, Confederate guns opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, thus beginning the bloodiest conflict in American history. Six hundred and twenty thousand casualties. More than all other American wars combined. The Civil War remains this Nations single most defining experience, ultimately giving new meaning to the word Freedom. Walt Whitman, a young newspaper man destined to become America's greatest poet, wrote, "Future years will never know the seething hell and black infernal background of this war, and it's best they should not. The real war will never get in the books."
The fiddles and other instruments for the music to this are very poignant and fitting for the words. The Walt Whitman quote is one of my all-time favorites.
Anyway... that is my contribution for the day. :)