“Now the valley cried with anger, mount your horses draw your sword and they killed the mountain people so they won their just reward.
Now they stood beside the treasure, on the mountain dark and red. Turned the stone and looked beneath it, Peace on Earth was all it said.
Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of Heaven, you can justify it in the end. There won’t be any trumpets blowing come the judgement day. On the bloody morning after…one tin soldier rides away.”
In 1969 the Canadian pop group, The Original Caste, recorded the song One Tin Soldier written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. It was during the Viet Nam war era and was considered by many an anti-war song.
Who was this “Tin Soldier”? The message simply put is that human greed and violence is futile.
The Mountain people seem to be isolated from the rest of the world and dedicated to protecting the treasure that they coveted so dearly. Did they believe they had a solution to the greed and hatred that was consuming the governments of the world buried underneath the rock? Would it end the oppression of the weak? Could the Valley people be representative of an affiliation with a Christian religion? It’s possible that the “Tin Soldier” was a messenger from God whose job one day would be to bring judgement on those who had committed violent acts against others with the hope of bringing “Peace on Earth” to fruition? The answers to these questions are entirely left up to the interpretation of the listener.
It’s clear the Valley people believed that “tons of gold” along with other riches were buried beneath the stone. The Valley people wanted these treasures for their own (greed) and are unwilling to share the treasures with the Mountain people. Upon the answer from the Mountain people, with our brothers we will share all the secrets of our mountain, all the riches buried there, the Valley people shouted mount your horses and draw your sword and they killed all the people on the mountain. They turned the stone to find the treasure “Peace on earth”. No gold. No riches.
They declare war on the Mountain people and as they stand upon the mountain dark and red with the blood of the Mountain people they find the answer to all the inequities of the world, Peace on Earth.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I have no evidence that this is the message of Lambert and Potter. It is merely nothing more than the interpretation of this listener. I hope you enjoyed it. Remember to spread the love and to be kind to each other.
As I sat at the window today watching the snow flakes dance to the ground my mind revisited the memories of my childhood.
I remember sitting in front of the window watching as the snow blanketed Mother Earth.
I loved walking in the woods while it is snowing. Not everyone realizes you can hear snow falling to the ground. It has its own distinct sound. You have to stand really still and be quiet and you will here it. I have to admit I only heard snow fall in the woods where it was really quiet.
I remember the year we got our hands on an old car hood. They make great sleds. It held all six of us but it took all of us to pull it back up the hill.
The last ride of the day was a wild ride. The slope now had an ice sheet on it. Now all we have is the hood and we needed steering and brakes to go with it. Off we go down the hill and we blew by the old stopping place and on the cuff of a new distance record. Then “BAM”! We hit the side of a car parked in the driveway. Now let me set the record straight. That car wasn’t there when we put the hood in motion. No brakes, no steering. We were hollering at the driver and he just waved at us.
I am happy to report that no one was seriously hurt and we walked away. Now for the car there were two perfect head imprints in the side. The car hood slid right under that car and came to a stop.
My mind became flooded with memories of snowball fights, snow forts, building snowmen, and sledding. I could taste my mom’s snow cream. That was always a treat we looked forward to.
A cat jumps up in the tree in front of the house and wakes me from my trip down memory lane. Guess I better put some hay out for the horses.
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed it and maybe took you on a trip down memory lane. Spread the love and remember it doesn’t cost to be kind.
I sit here in the midst of a “Winter Storm Warning” where they are predicting 6 to 9 inches of snow with some areas getting a foot. I am as excited as a child on Christmas Eve. Yes I am a “snow bunny “.
Sitting here looking out the window enjoying my Baileys and coffee watching the snow fall my mind wanders back to Christmas 2018.
This is a Cook It All manufactured by the Lodge company. It is made of cast iron and I have wanted one ever since I saw it. You can bake, stir fry, grill and so many more possibilities.
What makes this so unique is that I received it from a “Secret Santa”. It was delivered to my front door. It took me by surprise because I hadn’t ordered it. I opened the invoice and all it said was to deliver 1 Cook It All to my address and it has the address of Lodge where it shipped from. Then there is a two word note ” Merry Christmas”.
I still don’t know who sent it and who ever you are I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I absolutely love it. Thank you.
The second surprise was a gift from David Tripp and his lady friend, who I consider a very dear friend. It has opened my eyes to what a good cup of coffee tastes like.
Now every morning I have this ritual where I fill the grinder with coffee beans and grind them fresh every morning. It has taken my morning coffee experience to a whole new level.
Maybe 2019 will be a good year after all.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate you. Remember to spread the love and to be kind.