Sunday, October 14, 2007

tbag

That was the nickname I had for the song "Thankful Boys and Girls" when my friend Billy and I wrote it many (dare I say many, many?) years ago. Ginger asked me to sing the song as a part of worship today and several folks stopped me at coffee hour and asked me to post the lyric. So, here it is.

let us be thankful boys and girls
for eyes and ears and toes
and puppies with wet noses

let us be thankful boys and girls
for lessons we have learned
and love we have not earned

we follow the beat of amazing grace
oh let us be thankful boys and girls

let us be thankful boys and girls
for kisses on the mouth
and teenage heartbeats pounding

let us be thankful boys and girls
for lightning in the sky
and laughter in the eye

we follow the beat of amazing grace
oh let us be thankful boys and girls

for all that brought us here
and all that will see us through

the passages of life that lead to you
lead us to you


let us be thankful boys and girls
for a little common sense
and painted picket fences

let us be thankful boys and girls
when packing up the plans
in rented moving vans

we follow the beat of amazing grace
oh let us be thankful boys and girls

let us be thankful boys and girls
for mendelson and brahms
and shadows growing longer

let us be thankful boys and girls
for years that slowly grow
and grandkids we can hold

for memories to keep
and sorrows running deep

oh let us be thankful boys and girls

for all that brought us here
and all that will see us through

the passages of life that lead to you
lead us to you


let us be thankful boys and girls
when hope is not enough
that death can’t bury love

let us be thankful boys and girls
for wine and bread and hymns
remembering again

we follow the beat of amazing grace
oh let us be thankful boys and girls
The song is on Billy's Red Bird, Blue Sky CD.

Peace,
Milton

6 comments:

dg said...

That has always been one of my favorite BC/MBC songs because of its simplicity, its hope, and its ability to nudge me to remember with gratitude...

...and you are right...the Steve Earle record is killer...thanks for the nudge on that as well...

dg

Africakid said...

"for memories to keep/and sorrows running deep/oh let us be thankful boys and girls"

Thanks, Milton. Couldn't have said it better.

lynnette said...

i've always loved this song.

Grace, Every Day said...

Me too. Always one of my very favorites. What a blessing.

Isn't it neat that your work and your words live on like this, on the wave of melody, out of a memorable partnership, into the hearts of scattered people? That is quite cool...

I am thankful.

advocate said...

For those of us new to Billy, do you know where we might find an audio clip online?

don't eat alone said...

Advocate

I tried to find some audio clips the other day without much luck. If anyone knows about them, please help us out.

Peace,
Milton