Posted: July 19, 2018 in Postcards from Cancerland., Uncategorized
“The wind blows hard against this mountain side, across the sea into my soul.
It reaches into where I cannot hide, setting my feet upon the road.
My heart is old, it holds my memories, my body burns a gemlike flame
Somewhere between the soul and soft machine, is where I find myself again.
Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light.”
I have always loved this song by Mr. Mister!
I remember driving around town in my Toyota Tercel with the radio blaring. I didn’t realize what I was singing. I thought it was just a peppy love song about a girl named Kyrie.
But, that’s not the case.
The lyrics were written by John Lang. I don’t think we are related, but it would be very cool if we were!
Most people who sing along loudly with it  don’t realize that the song is a prayer. For instance, my wife has always thought that the words were “carry a laser down the road that I must travel”. That’s very cool from a Sci-Fi point of view.
But, that’s not the case…
“Kyrie Eleison” is Greek for “Lord, have mercy.” It is used as a prayer in both Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox services.
John Lang got inspiration for the song from singing it as a kid in a Episcopal church in Phoenix.
What a cool prayer…
Lord have mercy, down the road that I must travel.
Lord have mercy, through the darkness of the night.
We heard the song as we drove to my oncologist.
I sang along at the top of my lungs…
Because I know what it means.

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