Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Songs for Advent and Christmas 6: Someday at Christmas

This song, written by Ron Miller and Bryan Wells, is the title track of a Christmas album recorded in 1967 by Stevie Wonder. Miller, who is better known for such romantic hits as "Touch me in the morning" and "For once in my life", was writing while the Vietnam War was still going strong and the fight for civil rights at home still being waged. He was looking forward to a time of peace, a time when no child would go hungry and when all people would be free. The day Miller envisioned still hasn't arrived. Will we ever see it?



Someday at Christmas men won't be boys*
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas there'll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life's really worth
There'll be peace on earth

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas we'll see a land
With no hungry children, no empty hand
One happy morning people will share
Our world where people care

Someday at Christmas there'll be no tears
All men are equal and no men have fears
One shinning moment, one prayer away
From our world today

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas man will not fail
Take hope because your love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
Someday at Christmastime

*For those who object to the non-inclusive language, please remember that this song was written in 1967 before our collective conscience was raised.

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