From A Tale of Songs by Swami Kriyananda
“A curious thing about this song was that I wrote it for a humorous story of mine, ‘The Singer and the Nightingale.’ The humor, here, consisted of a billboard announcing, as the feature of an evening’s music program, a song titled, ‘Melody on A,’ instead of what would be expected: ‘Melody in A.’ The prospect of a ‘melody’ all on one note was meant to be funny. However, when I actually sat down to write the song, another consciousness took over, and a song appeared of such stately beauty that it has long been a favorite among those who appreciate my music!”
From liner notes to Some of My Favorites CD
“To bring peace to the world, we must seek it first within.”
Peace gave us the mountains.
Peace gave us the sky.
Nightly, when starlight enfolds us,
Peace is its lullaby.
Peace gave us the morning.
Peace gave us the sun.
Bird songs that call us to welcome
Day, and fresh labors begun.
Peace gave us the seasons.
Peace gave us the rain—
Cool clouds that gather to bless us,
Mist hands that soothe away pain.
Peace gave us our hearts’ love.
Peace gave us our smiles:
Rays of God’s presence within us.
Light that all strife reconciles.