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Up Where We Belong

The road is long, there are mountains in our way,
But we climb a step every day.

Love lifts us up where we belong,
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high.

What beautiful lyrics. Love, whether given or received, does lift us up. It makes our hearts soar and our souls expand. I am wrapped in my prayer shawl and feeling the presence of God's love. The knowledge of this unconditional love gives me strength and comfort and courage. The road might be long, and there may be bumps along the way, but what an amazing journey it is. ♥

I came across this interview with the songwriter, Will Jennings in which he speaks briefly about spiritual influences on his writing.

SF: I notice a lot of your songwriting, there's a lot of references to, not necessarily Heaven, but spiritual things.

Will: Right. A higher love, you know.

SF: Yeah, it seems to show up a fair amount once you kind of look at it. There's all these different artists recording your songs and yet you can see a common thread sometimes, which is really interesting to me.

Will: Well, I grew up in rural east Texas. And my father's father, my paternal grandfather, was a Methodist preacher. And all my aunts and uncles sang. So I grew up on all the old-time hymns. Plus, I grew up within hearing of a black Baptist church just a mile or two away from where we lived. And I heard them on Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings. So those are the first songs I can remember hearing, and I'm sure that had a lot to do with sort of forming part of what I do.

Here are the full lyrics:

Up Where We Belong
Joe Cocker

Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world few hearts survive?
All I know is the way I feel.
When it's real, I keep it alive.
The road is long, there are mountains in our way,
But we climb a step every day.

Love lifts us up where we belong,
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high.
Love lifts us up where we belong,
Far from the world below,
Up where the clear winds blow.

Some hang on to "used to be,"
Live their lives looking behind.
All we have is here and now,
All our life, out there to find.
The road is long, there are mountains in our way,
But we climb a step every day

Love lifts us up where we belong,
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high.
Love lift us up where we belong,
Far from the world we know,
Where the clear winds blow.

Time goes by, no time to cry,
Life's you and I. A life today.

Comments (7)

I haven't heard this song in a long time. What movie was it in? I'm blanking.

I have a feeling this song is going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the day (not a complaint, it's very inspirational!).

kathy(Trekcapri):

hi Anne, great post! I love the lyrics of thisbeautiful song! Thank you for sharing!

Have a great day Anne!

Anne:

Annie, it was in "An Officer and a Gentleman" (I love that movie ♥) Definitely not a bad song to get stuck in one's head!

Thanks Kathy, they are wonderful lyrics, aren't they? I am in awe of great songwriters like this, the power their words have is amazing.

I love this song and the lyrics. I didn’t know it was on the soundtrack of An Officer and a Gentleman. I haven't watched this movie in years; I think it is time to see it again.

A note about knitting and prayer shawls: I don’t know how to knit but my mom’s caregiver, a lovely woman named Elza, loves to knit. Since she doesn’t drive or gets around often I’ve been sending her yarn so that she can indulge on her favorite hobby. (She made me a lovely and colorful sweater). I asked her to teach me how to knit and she has promised to do so when I go to Atlanta this spring. My first project is to do a prayer shawl and I’m sincerely hoping that it is not too complicated and that I’ll be able to make a decent one.

Anne:

Maria, it is so wonderful that you want to knit a prayer shawl! I just knit very simple shawls myself, but there are lots of harder patterns for knitters who want a challenge. I know you'll find one that is right for you. :)

I loved Joe Cocker. He had a great voice. I also like that song :)

Anne:

girasoli, I loved his voice too. I also loved the way he poured his whole being into the music with such energy and passion. He has the best version of "With a Little Help from my Friends" ever!!

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