Don't Cry Lyrics

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Words and Music by Marg Herder
Sequence and Song Concept by Dianne Steinmetz
Pperformed, Mixed and Mastered by Marg Herder

Lyrics

 

People will watch what they cannot see, people will live what they cannot be
People will cry their tears alone.

Children will need what we cannot give, children will want what we cannot live
Children will cry their tears alone.

Women will act like we didn't know, women will love what we cannot show
Women will cry their tears alone.

Lover's will need what we cannot give, lovers will want what we cannot live
Lovers will cry their tears alone.

Don't cry your tears alone.
(With all of us learning to live, and so much loving to give, you should never cry alone.)

Brothers are hiding rivers of tears from carrying sorrow kept over the years
How can we let them cry alone?

All of our children hiding their pain, afraid of their weakness, afraid of our shame
How can we let them cry alone?

Jesus He wept 'cause tears are the way of sharing the pain in these temples of clay
How can we let Him cry alone?

Don't cry your tears alone.
Loved one never cry, lover never cry, loved one never cry alone.
(With all of us learning to live, and so much loving to give, we should never cry alone.)

 

So what does it mean?

 

Don't suffer in silence...

We yearn for an existance that is not ours, and this causes us both pain and shame.

We cry when no one's looking, our children and our lovers cry when we walk out of the room, and women cry silently in bed at night. Crying alone, suffering in silence never makes a difference, never hastens change. It only reinforces the illusion of separation from our Loving Source.

We come by it honestly. In our culture, especially as women, we have had this image of the martyr held up before us as the ideal. We are taught the best is the one who suffers for others, the one who understands and gives her whole self away in service quietly and without protest. So we cry alone, because that is all we know to do.

It takes guts to cry in full view of others. Crying in public raises fears that we will be judged as overly dramatic or selfish, as focused on ourselves instead of others. To stop crying alone is an act of great courage.

When your pain becomes visible, others who feel sorrow or anguish might let their tears loose. When we cry together we move closer to a shared understanding, and I would argue, closer to that which connects us, that which makes us one, together within our Loving Source.

 

Lyrics (c) 1985 and 2010 by Marg Herder. Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.

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