Song Lyric Saturday: “Wonder”



Welcome to Song Lyric Saturday, a new feature for my NaBloPoMo month of March–and it may make occasional appearances even after that’s over, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m not a big fan of short stories in traditional form, but when they’re set to great melodies and last for under four minutes, sometimes they really work for me. 

In a week when we observed International Women’s Day, ten days into Women’s History Month, it shouldn’t be a wonder that the song of the day is Natalie Merchant‘s tribute to healthy self-esteem and female empowerment, “Wonder.” With love, with patience, and with faith, each of us can make our way.

Doctors have come from distant cities
Just to see me
Stand over my bed
Disbelieving what they’re seeing 
They say I must be one of the wonders
Of god’s own creation
And as far as they can see they can offer
No explanation 
Newspapers ask intimate questions
Want confessions
They reach into my head
To steal the glory of my story 
They say I must be one of the wonders
Of god’s own creation
And as far as they can see they can offer
No explanation 
O, I believe
Fate smiled and destiny
Laughed as she came to my cradle
Know this child will be able
Laughed as my body she lifted
Know this child will be gifted
With love, with patience and with faith
She’ll make her way 
People see me
I’m a challenge to your balance
I’m over your heads
How I confound you and astound you
To know I must be one of the wonders
Of god’s own creation
And as far as you can see you can offer me
No explanation 
O, I believe
Fate smiled and destiny
Laughed as she came to my cradle
Know this child will be able
Laughed as she came to my mother
Know this child will not suffer
Laughed as my body she lifted
Know this child will be gifted
With love, with patience and with faith
She’ll make her way

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