When tomorrow comes …….
Many of you are probably, like me, still down in the mouth from last month’s election results. Since November 6th, I’ve been trying to pick up inspiration anywhere I can get it. My family and I braved the crowds at the movie theater on the night of Christmas Day, and took in the latest adaptation of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables”. The tale of Jean Valjean’s redemption, and ultimate salvation, as well as the struggle of the ill-fated “republican” — small ‘r’ — students at the barricade has always been a favorite of mine, even when set to music. Despite some less than operatic singing by some of the leads in this latest incarnation of the musical, the message was still powerful, and as the credits rolled in the packed theater, the audience stood and cheered, wiping away tears in between the claps of their hands. I was one of them, and while applauding, I couldn’t help but think of some of our own marches and rallies in the last 4 years — the joy of the small victories, the sting of the losses, and the commraderie and fellowship we all shared in the struggle. If you’ve not read the book, I’ll loan you my copy. If you can see the movie, do so. Better yet, see the musical when the touring company comes to Miami in February. Here’s the stage show’s finale, courtesy of YouTube.
Hopefully, the words give you some strength. I’ve cut and pasted them below. Healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year’s wishes to all.
Can you hear the people sing, singing the songs of angry men?
It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again.
When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums
It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes.
Do you hear the people sing, lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth there is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
They will live again in freedom in the garden of the Lord.
They will walk behind the plough-share, they will put away the sword.
The chain will be broken and all men will have their reward.
Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing? Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes…