Chris WeekesWalk towards the Sun
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 1:30:03 AM
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 1:37:32 AM
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Private Stock
MUSIC IS TRUTH
THE BLACK SHEEP
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eYe
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HOPE
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A little haunting. Yet, hopeful.

Thanks to Ted Tosoff of the Blue Voodoo for guitar and bass accompaniment and for producing the song.

I read an article in the newspaper about what these men did to a man named James Byrd in Jasper ,Texas, not far from Martin Luther King Blvd. How they picked him up from a party he had just left and how they pulled on to a road lined with yellow pine trees, shackled him to a chain at the back of their truck and dragged him two miles. According to the article one of James's friends said that it was as if death was on him the night he left the party. His friends were concerned that he had had a bit too much to drink but, as James was leaving he told them that he was O.K from here on in. Apparently, James knew the men who picked him up. As well, he was still alive when they began to drag him........
On Martin Luther King Boulevard death perched on the shoulder of a Byrd,
Like the raven on the bust of Pallas, never uttering a single word.
Old Jimmy must have known something was coming down,
Old Jimmy must have felt it like a pain,
When he left his friends saying, "I'm OK from here on in,"
That he wouldn't walk the boulevard again.

I know it's a long way home and the journey's just begun.
But, if I can hold your hand we'll walk towards the sun.

On MLKB in the heat of a Texas night,
An angel waited just above the yellow pines, to carry Old Jimmy to see the light.
Old Jimmy must have known something was coming down,
Old Jimmy must have felt it like a load,
When he took a ride in his good old buddy's pick up truck,
When they turned on to a dark and dirty road.

I know it's a long way home and the journey's just begun.
If I can hold your hand we'll walk towards the sun.

I know it's a long road home but it's just around the bend.
If we can understand we'll get there in the end.

Song Comments

Back to the Shack
welcome to the shack Chris, we are all in the back listening to your great song. thanks for sharing.


Canadiana
Walked into this fine song today.fine tune, excellent lyrics and nice vocals. what depth the song has too.


Private Stock
very nice tribute tune ...


Freedom Lovers
Love lives here. will heal all wounds


Adventurers, Jugglers, Minstrels
very cool song, the lyrics and notes add a dimension...


49th parallel
insightful and reflective on a subject that occurs too often throughout the world. mans inhumanity to man.where is the love


THE BLACK SHEEP
I know it's a long way home and the journey's just begun. But, if I can hold your hand we'll walk towards the sun.


Road Movie..
Lovely wistful track with alot of heart and empathy and a picturesque,cinematic imagination it shares with us all as it takes us into its poetic world....Kinda like a really cool,classy slightly leftfield mid '70s pop song,which is totally fine by me..Very nice..


eYe 2
Chris Weekes was a member of the bluevoodoo some years back as the percussionist and whom I had the privilege to work with and play many gigs with over the years. Very talented songcrafter and incredible human being, his songs he wrote for the group theblueoodoo were always deep, This is his take on what inspired him to write the song, very compelling and riveting, especially when violence continues to occur and injustice is so pervasive :I read an article in the newspaper about what these men did to a man named James Byrd in Jasper ,Texas, not far from Martin Luther King Blvd. How they picked him up from a party he had just left and how they pulled on to a road lined with yellow pine trees, shackled him to a chain at the back of their truck and dragged him two miles. According to the article one of James's friends said that it was as if death was on him the night he left the party. His friends were concerned that he had had a bit too much to drink but, as James was leaving he told them that he was O.K from here on in. Apparently, James knew the men who picked him up. As well, he was still alive when they began to drag him........ On Martin Luther King Boulevard death perched on the shoulder of a Byrd,


HOPE
True story,read up on it," I know it's a long way home and the journey's just begun.But, if I can hold your hand we'll walk towards the sun."


MUSIC IS TRUTH
Notorious white supremacist ringleader of 1998 Texas 'dragging death' of black man James Bird finally faces execution as judge signs an order for his April 2019 lethal injection On Martin Luther King Boulevard death perched on the shoulder of a Byrd, Like the raven on the bust of Pallas, never uttering a single word. Old Jimmy must have known something was coming down, Old Jimmy must have felt it like a pain, When he left his friends saying, "I'm OK from here on in," That he wouldn't walk the boulevard again. more at Chris Weekes page former percussionist of BLUEVOODOO


eYe
Compelling song, great songcrafting by Chris. its a chilling ,bone chilling circumstance that occurred nearly 20 years ago, inhuman despicable treatment of a human being,will we ever see change? I wonder if it will happen, cant be soon enough


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