Wild Honey “When the Walls Come Crashing Down” by Samuel Lockridge
This song was written by one of my favorite living songwriters, Samuel Lockridge in 2012. The haunting melody and stark poetry gripped me immediately, and I’ve been singing it ever since. A call to our humanity and shared responsibility for this home, Planet Earth, it offers a keen reflection in timeless refrain.
“When the earth is red, and sea is black,
and sky has all but vanished,
a single seed will choke our greed
when the walls come crashing down.
When man does shed his brothers blood,
When woman serves but one purpose
The day has come for everyone
to watch the walls come crashing down.”
As I’ve sung these lyrics over the years they have always felt poignant, however, as the conversation about building a wall at Mexican / American border arose, I couldn’t help but notice the uncanny perfection in it’s message.
We have chosen to carry the message of this song as a call to action to support the ACLU who have been at the forefront of the humanitarian crisis at the US border and who continue to work to protect American Civil Liberties and the families who come here looking for a better way of life. Let us remember that so many of our ancestors arrived here as refugees or immigrants, called to share in the American dream, and we have a responsibility to allow others to dream that same dream.
Learn More & Support Here https://www.aclu.org/
Hear Samuel’s stunning original version here: https://samuellockridge.bandcamp.com/track/when-the-walls-come-crashing-down
This video was shot in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. We give thanks to https://www.kswild.org/ for their vigilant protection of this richly diverse landscape.