Sunday, November 15, 2009

“Sacred Fruit (Eve's Song)”

We've been fans of Harold Kushner's books for a while. They are spiritual, thoughtful, and inspiring. Recently we found his book "How Good Do We Have To Be?" in a Goodwill store. Since it's one of the few books of his that we hadn't read yet, we paid $.50 for it and read it that evening. It would be a gross understatement to say that we got our money's worth! This book explores the perilous yet hope-filled life of humanity in beautiful ways. One of the many nuggets of wisdom from this book is Kushner's interpretation of the Garden of Eden story. He says the following: "We can read the story of the Garden of Eden as an inspiring, even liberating story, a story of what a wonderful, complicated, painful, and rewarding thing it is to be a human being...the story of the Garden of Eden is a tale, not of Paradise Lost but of Paradise Outgrown, not of Original Sin but of Birth of Conscience." We were so impressed with this simple wisdom that we wrote a song based on it. It's a song that celebrate's Eve's brave choice to grow into her own humanity as she outgrows paradise. Check out the lyrics and video below.

“Sacred Fruit (Eve's Song)”

Yesterday I sat musin
Just what makes us human?
Yet content sat I, in my paradise,
Never asking “Why?”
Later on I was thinking:
Life’s more than instincts and sleeping
So I made a brave move and I reached for that fruit
Entered into the world

Come take a bite with me
Step into humanity
Journey past naiveté
To awareness not known previously
Oh come, come, come
Come on, evolve with me

Like all growth, this was aching
Like innocence had been taken
Lessons there to be learned, like that feelings could burn
Yet still I went deeper
I pondered life’s complex dimensions
Was Creation just my own extension?
Was this feeling of grace showing up on my face?
I won’t hide what I’ve found

Come take a bite with me
Step into humanity
Journey past naiveté
To awareness not known previously
Oh come, come, come
Come on, evolve with me

Now we are finding our way
Answers we seek the explain
Perfection is not yet attained
We sought only personal gains
Seeking revenge, not forgiveness
Creating discourse, and not stillness
A paradise lost; we outgrew it
But this life is paradise if ever I knew it

Traveling outside the garden
I still need forgiveness and pardon
But what felt like a fall liberated us all
And now we are home
Now new gardens I'm planting
In a difficult world I am standing
Self-conscious, aware, things I couldn’t feel there
And I'm leading the way

Come take a bite with me
Step into humanity
Journey past naiveté
To awareness not known previously
Oh come, come, come
Come on, evolve with me



1 comment:

  1. sweet. i am pretty sure that is going to be stuck in my head. thanks for sharing.

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