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Martin Had A Dream

As we celebrate this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, I would like to share the lyrics I wrote as a children’s song, an adaptation to the melody of “We Shall Overcome“.

In 1999-2000, a musician friend of mine, Linda MacFarlane, and I had a weekly children’s music gig at the Teacher’s Closet store in downtown Rutland, VT (has since closed, now is Cafe Tera).  For the 2000 MLK Holiday, I came up with some alternative lyrics to “We Shall Overcome”, that we played and sang with the children for that week’s gathering.  Later, Linda and I also used this song when we taught “Guitars In The Classroom” courses, in in 2002-2005, at the Rutland Rec. Dept.

The lyrics are below for you to read, or sing along with.  After that, the guitar chords to verse 1 are listed, in case you want to strum along (or have a friend play guitar for you).

Martin Had A Dream

To the tune of “We Shall Overcome
Song for children, new lyrics by Ron Pulcer (2000)
For Martin Luther King Day (January 15th)

Martin had a dream.
Martin had a dream.
Martin Luther King had a dream…
Oh, deep in his heart,
He did believe,
We could live in peace someday.

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Dreaming: Bing, King, Gip and Tip, You and I

Bing Crosby

As a downhill skier, I have always loved the crooner Christmas Carol by Bing Crosby, “White Christmas”:

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

As far as Christmas 2012, we only had a dusting of the white stuff.  But we did have a White New Year’s, thanks to a winter snowstorm from the Great Lakes to the Green Mountains and beyond.

That’s the good news.  The bad news was my sister’s family from Michigan was not able to come visit is and ski Vermont after Christmas.  They were planning on driving east on December 27th, which was the day of the snowstorm.  They would have been driving through the storms in southern Ontario, and New York.

But the other good news is that my wife and skied on December 28th at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, VT.  It seemed that everyone in New England had the same idea and headed for the slopes.  They were dreaming of snow, and their dream came true.  Although the lift lines and wait times were long, this was good news for Vermont’s economy, which depends on tourism.

Dr. Martin Luther King

On Monday, January 21st, America celebrates both the Martin Luther King holiday and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.  At this time each year, I like to listen to Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech from August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.  Here are some short excerpts from his speech that still ring true today (plus links to full transcript):

“I have a dream today.” …

“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning ‘My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father’s died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!'”

“And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.”

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