History Is A Permanent Institution

The Sands Of Time

“You can topple statues and rename the streets can’t change the facts of history by busting concrete

Change the date the name and the symbolic flag the story remains the same and you still feel bad”

I tend to write songs about things, trends, events, mindsets that are happening around me in the world we live in … that’s what Folk Rock is interpretation of things in songs, there is a message in the music somehow. They are not always but sometimes op eds, journalistic … Letters To The Editor in verse with music.

I am also a student of history and understand that anything written about history … even yesterday’s events will always be clouded by the writers attitude or mind set, that’s just the way it is, written history is rarely black and white it is almost always “colored” in some manner.

Be that as it may the attitude to history and how it plays on the current is always fascinating, and something that struck the Folk Rock songwriting bell in my head, is the attitude that you can somehow address, change, make amends for or ease the pain of history by toppling statues, blanket apologies, replacing flags, demolishing monuments, changing logos or street and place names … that changes the current but not the past. The past is what it is demolishing a monument because it represents a historical reference to something is just plain crazy a complete waste of time, it changes nothing but the landscape.

Are Native Americans going to be any better off in their communities if a sports team changes their name and logo … no, I mean some may feel better for a short period of time others that jumped on the band wagon may feel they have had a great victory, but it doesn’t change history or the current day situation. While symbolism can and does lead to aggravation in some circles there should certainly be a level of sensitivity about symbols For instance flying the Confederate War Flag over a government building, take it down, it is no longer required that war, presumably for most, is over it provides nothing but a level of aggravation but taking it down doesn’t change anything.

So the song The Sands Of Time really originated from religious fanatics in the Middle East blowing up monuments and structures that have stood for thousands of years but they represented a moment in history that they wished to erase … the monuments still do blowing them up just changed the landscape not the history. However further consideration of the matter required the addition of a little bridge which highlights that same thing that applies to blowing up monuments applies to many other attempts to white wash, amend or change history … they are the opening lyrics to this post.

As yet this song is unrecorded but I hope to get to this one someday before the whole of history changes and makes it redundant.

The Sands Of Time – Lyrics – by Bob Crain

You can’t destroy history though you think you must

You can destroy monuments and turn them in to dust

But history lives on that you can trust

The structures of time are best left untouched

In time they will wither erosion and rust

You are not the sands of time it’s your thinking that’s a relic

Your God did not command that you destroy all that has past

In fact it is your God that has created it to last

By your God’s hand all art and sculptures have stood

He would have erased them by now if they weren’t for some good

You can topple statues and rename the streets

can’t change the facts of history by busting concrete

Change the date the name the symbolic flag

the story remains the same and you still feel bad

There is no value in destroying the past

It is there to learn from like a light on the path

You seek to destroy it but then live in the past

Your God did not command that you destroy all that has past

In fact it is your God that has created it to last

By your God’s hand all art and sculptures have stood

He would have erased them by now if they weren’t for some good

2019-05-23T14:46:30+00:00

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