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song for an inauguration

January 20, 2009

Land of Plenty comes from a wonderful film of the same name by Wim Wenders, and I had the pleasure of seeing it at a festival with the director there. It speaks to many problems, hopes, and verities.
May we all be inspired to do our best.

Land of Plenty by Leonard Cohen. I wish the video were more about the subject than a Leonard fest.

Don’t really have the courage
To stand where I must stand.
Don’t really have the temperament
To lend a helping hand.

Don’t really know who sent me
To raise my voice and say:
May the lights in the Land of Plenty
Shine on the truth some day.

I don’t know why I’ve come here,
Knowing as I do,
What you really think of me,
What I really think of you.

For the millions in the prison,
That wealth has set apart –
For the Christ who has not risen,
From the caverns of the heart –

For the innermost decision,
That we cannot but obey –
For what’s left of our religion,
I lift my voice and pray:
May the lights in the Land of Plenty
Shine on the truth some day.

I know I said I’d meet you,
I’d meet you at the store.
But I can’t buy it, baby.
I can’t buy it anymore.

And I don’t really know who sent me,
To raise my voice and say:
May the lights in the Land of Plenty
Shine on the truth some day.

For the innermost decision
That we cannot buy obey –
For what’s left of our religion
I lift my voice and pray:
May the lights in the Land of Plenty
Shine on the truth some day.

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