“Free To Be You and Me”is the Royal Song of the Day. This song is from the 1970’s classic children’s recording by Marlo Thomas & Friends. You can find this song on page 109 of our favorite songbook Rise Up Singing.
Being hot makes me want to sing out. I chose this song for the heat wave because it is joyful and lyrical. Makes you feel cool all over.
The song celebrates the spirit of diversity in a carefree and uplifting way. (And, the video has carousel horses! Lots of fun!).
The Royal Song of the Day is “All the Weary Mothers” by Joan Baez. You can find this song in Rise Up Singing on page 114. The first verse beings, “All the weary mothers of the earth will finally rest…”. The last stanza is a dream about no more wars.
Duchess Susanna writes:
This song is dedicated to two people with whom I had interesting conversations today: One person was a mother, and the other person was a friend, helping a friend.
Duke Augustus writes: Hard Times for Dreamers byBeat Radio. Duchess Susanna has been doing a great job all week of exploring the wealth of songs in “Rise Up Singing“. This song should be in a future edition. Right now, it is a theme song for me. It reminds me that people do care about struggling to do what is right. I love the perseverance in the chorus.
This video is a solo acoustic version. I know the lighting is not the best, but Brian’s personality comes through.
Below is a heart-wrenching version by “The Corries”
The first time it was fathers, the last time it was sons
And in between your husbands, marched away with guns & drums
And you never thought to question, you just went on with your lives
‘Cause all they’d taught you who to be was mothers, daughters, wives