“Sleep, sleep tonight, and may your dreams be realized –
If the thundercloud passes rain, so let it rain, let it rain.”
- U2, “MLK” (video after post)
Actual conversation between my 7-year-old daughter and me this past Saturday morning …
Daughter: We had do some journal writing in my class this week, and this is what I wrote: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Me: Um … wow. That’s pretty good. How’d you come up with that?
Daughter: I memorized it from a book about Martin Luther King and copied it. We’ve been learning about him in class.
Me: Right … I thought it sounded kind of familiar.
Daughter: I picked that part because I really liked it.
Me: I like it too - it's cool that you memorized it. I hope your dream comes true.
I’ll pretty much leave it at that for today, aside from a musical snapshot that also ties into this weekend’s holiday: a wonderful gem that often gets overlooked in the U2 repertoire - partially because of its simplicity and brevity, and partially because there was a far more popular song that also paid tribute to Dr King on the same Unforgettable Fire album where it first appeared.
The beauty of this one has never been lost on me, though ... maybe because I also found it to be a sweet little lullaby to sing to my kids when they were babies.
U2, “MLK”, live from Dortmund (click to play):
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