"Redemption Day" as written by and Sheryl Crow....
I've wept for those who suffer long
But how I weep for those who've gone
Into rooms of grief and questioned wrong
But keep on killing

It's in the soul to feel such things
But weak to watch without speaking
Oh what mercy sadness brings
If God be willing

There is a train that's heading straight
To heaven's gate to heaven's gate
And on the way child and man
And woman wait watch and wait
For redemption day

Fire rages in the streets
And swallow everything it meets
It's just an image often seen
On television

Come leaders, come you men of great
Let us hear you pontificate
Your many virtues laid to waste
And we aren't listening

What do you have for us today
Throw us a bone but save the plate
Oh why we waited til so late
Was there no oil to excavate

No riches in trade for the fate
Of every person who died in hate
Throw us a bone, you men of great

There is a train that's heading straight
To heaven's gate, to heaven's gate
And on the way, child and man
And woman wait, watch and wait
For redemption day

It's buried in the countryside
It's exploding in the shells of night
It's everywhere a baby cries

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"Redemption Day" as written by Sheryl Crow

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    General Commentlove this song
    JBabyon March 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhat is worse, knowing that there are those who suffer, or knowing that those who cause their pain, know they're causing the pain yet continue to choose to do so?

    "Oh what mercy sadness brings
    If God be willing "- perhaps if such people could feel the pain of others, feel sadness for them, they wouldn't continue to choose to hurt them.

    The chorus is pretty obvious.

    The nightly news blasts us with so many horrific images of disasters and violent crimes and such that we just become numb to it and go on with our life. Even if we have great leaders, no one bothers to listen to what they say.

    We get the scraps off their plates. She questions the motives of her politicians.

    The last line is about a country in a state of war, a new generation, and the grand ideology that we are taught in history classes- FREEDOM
    aMaidensPrayeron May 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAbout six months after the song's release, the "Heaven's Gate" cult committed mass suicide in California. It was a real example of what Jung called "synchronicity", I guess.
    DJacques75on November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIs this a song of hope, or of deep disillusionment?
    ShineYouDiamondon September 26, 2006   Link

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