Love and Understanding

from Thousand Miles by MORLEY

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Brian Blade - drums, shaker, Cochiti drum
Matt Kilmer - riq
Will Lee - bass
Eric Lawrence - flute
Jon Cowherd - piano
Tomek Miernowski - Wurlitzer electric piano
Liberty Ellman - acoustic guitar
Audrey, Keith, Jhetti, Sophie, Nile, Cole, Etienne

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LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING 

I see them standing in the sun at the borderline
Holding their heads up 
Holding on to life 
Following orders taken one by one 
Both sides are waiting for the change to come

I hear their children learn to sing a prayerful song 
They sing about the side their family’s always been standing on
Watching their perfect minds learn to fear and detach 
Is like watching the Gulf of Mexico turn to black 

Well, I dreamed the prophets of all religions through time
Looked into our world and on each other’s shoulders cried 
They’re wondering why we keep changing their meaning 

Yes, I’ve seen the prophets of all religions through time 
Look into our world and on each other’s shoulders cry
Wondering why we keep fighting in the name of their teachings 

I thought it always was 
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Children know
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
We are so beautiful
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Still have so far to go
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 

In the name of love 
In the name of you and me 
In the name of all those beautiful and happy families
I see them standing at the courthouse 
Until their love is recognized 
As it always has been in the eyes of the divine

I feel love in your love, do you feel love in my love? 
I feel the joy in your joy 
I see light in your eyes, do you see light in my eyes?

Teach me your dance 
I teach you mine 
We share some food together 
We can share some time
The times is late, yes, it’s getting late
Better reach into your love light
Let your love light, let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine 

Well, I dreamed the prophets of all religions through time
Looked into our world and on each other’s shoulders cried 
They’re wondering why we keep changing their meaning 

Yes, I’ve seen the prophets of all religions through time 
Look into our world and on each other’s shoulders cry
Wondering why we keep fighting in the name of their teachings 

I thought it always was 
’Cause it always was

Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Children know
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
We are so beautiful
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Still have so far to go
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 

The day will come under the sun 
When we will see another one 
Walking towards us and we won’t ask 
If that’s a Christian, Hindu, Muslim, or Jew

The day will come under the sun 
When we will see another one 
Walking towards us and we will ask 
Is that my brother, sister, me, or you 

Gay or straight 
Either way, it’s great
Love and understanding 

Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Children know
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
We are so beautiful
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Still have so far to go
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 

Like Baba Olatunji said
“One day we’re gonna look into the distance 
And see someone walking towards us
And we won’t ask if they’re black or if they’re white
We’ll just ask, is that my brother or my sister? 
All my relations.”

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from Thousand Miles, released March 14, 2020

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Morley weaves the threads of jazz, soul and folk traditions into a singular tapestry of vocal and acoustic splendor.

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