The One Behind All Sacred Names

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Boundless Gratitude
2019
Boundless Gratitude

Story

This song started out as a personal prayer, "Thank You God," back in 2003, and was originally released on my "Storming the Castle" CD in 2007. Like all of my songs, it's an ongoing work in progress. This song in particular continues to grow for me like a beautiful tree out of what I vividly remember as one of my mother's most beautiful sayings, "The more Names you can call for God, the better."

Lyrics

Thanks to the One behind all sacred names

For life beyond both birth and death

For air that I call Daddy Sky

Who fills my lungs with every breath

For home that I call Mama Earth

Who gives me everything I need

For ancient names like Amen Ra

Who guide my every word and deed

 

Chorus:

For the rising of the sun

And the flowing of the waters

Mothers and fathers

All their sons and all their daughters

Gorgeous mamamountains

Sparkling sister rivers

Giant daddythunderclouds

Gentle babybreezes

Sweetly scented flowers

Unexpected sneezes

Thanks to the One

Behind all sacred names

 

Thank you Orisha Obatala

For mountain snowcap inspiration

Thank you Orisha Ogun

For iron-willed determination

Thanks Orisha Yemanja

For life arisingfrom the sea

And thank you Orisha Esu

For rocking our complacency

 

Chorus

 

Alhamdulillah wa salaAllahu

Ala Rahmatul Alameen

Kyrie Eleison et

Deo Gratias

Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Rama,

Krishna, Buddha, too

Far too many names to count

We thank the One in all of you

 

Chorus

 

My hands and my feet

Sing “thank you”

The thoughts in my mind

Sing “thank you”

The love in my heart

Sings “thank you”

To the One behind

All sacred names

 

For winds from North,

South, East, and West

For every bird in every nest

For every twinkling star

In each and every evening sky

Thanks to the One

Behind allsacred names

 

Thanks to the One

Behind all sacred names

 

Thanks to the One

Behind allsacred names

 

Thanks to the One

Behind all sacred names

 

Thanks to the One

Behind all sacred names