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    cocopea9052 Guest

    Post "You gotta make it through the night"

    Hi RR,

    Giving away my age, but so what. Few of you may know this song. I knew it very well back in the day, but had not heard it in years until this morning. It touched me so that I spent 45 min (dial-up) downloading the 4 min song...(could someone please post video, not sure how to)

    If you are struggling to make it one more day, if you had a Grandma you were close to that passed, or if you just need a little bit of hope, this is for you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlFj9iCnaIE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3j8L...eature=related (with lyrics, no video)


    BETTER DAYS
    Silver gray hair neatly combed in place.
    There were four generations of love on her face.
    She was so wise, no surprise passed her eyes,
    She'd seen it all.

    I was a child, oh, about three or four.
    All day I'd ask questions.
    At night I'd ask more.
    But whenever; she never, would ever, turn me away.

    I'd say how can I be sure what is right or wrong ?
    And why does what I want always take so long ?
    Please tell me where does God live
    And why won't He talk to me ?

    I'd say, Grandma what is love ?
    Will I ever find out ?
    Why are we so poor, what is life about ?
    I wanna know the answers before I fall off to sleep.

    She sort of smiled as she tucked me in.
    Then she pulled up that old rockin' chair once again.
    But tonight she was slightly, remarkably
    Different somehow

    Slowly she rocked, lookin' half asleep.
    Grandma yawned as she stretched.
    Then she started to speak.
    What she told me, would mold me, and hold me
    Together inside.

    She said all the things you ask
    You will know someday.
    But you have got to live in a patient way.
    God put us here by fate
    And by fate that means better days.

    She said, child we are all moons in the dark of night.
    Ain't no morning gonna come 'til the time is right.
    Can't get to better days lest you make it through the night.
    You gotta make it through the night, yes you do.

    You can't get to no better days
    Unless you make it through the night.
    Oh, you will see those better days
    But you gotta be patient.
    (Be patient) oh baby, be patient.

    Later that year, at the turn of spring,
    Heaven sent angels down and gave Grandma her wings.
    Now, she's flying, and sliding, and gliding
    In better days

    And although I'm all grown up
    I still get confused.
    I stumble through the dark
    Getting bumped and bruised.
    When night gets in my way
    I could still hear my Grandma say
    I can hear her say,
    I can hear her say.

    (Be patient) You can't get to no better days
    Unless you make it through the night baby.
    (Be patient) Oh, you will see those better days
    But you gotta be patient.
    Child, do you hear me, yeah.

    (Be patient) You can't get to no better days
    Unless you make it, you got to make it
    you got to make it
    You got to make it through the night

    (Be patient) Oh Grandma, oh Grandma
    Do you see me now, lady
    Oh oh oh oh oh...

    (Be patient) She used to sit me on her knee
    She used to comb my hair
    She used to tell me stories..
    My Grandma took me everywhere


    May this bless someone today as it did me.

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    Rising Sundara Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocopea9052 View Post
    Hi RR,

    Giving away my age, but so what. Few of you may know this song. I knew it very well back in the day, but had not heard it in years until this morning. It touched me so that I spent 45 min (dial-up) downloading the 4 min song...(could someone please post video, not sure how to)

    If you are struggling to make it one more day, if you had a Grandma you were close to that passed, or if you just need a little bit of hope, this is for you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlFj9iCnaIE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3j8L...eature=related (with lyrics, no video)


    BETTER DAYS
    Silver gray hair neatly combed in place.
    There were four generations of love on her face.
    She was so wise, no surprise passed her eyes,
    She'd seen it all.

    I was a child, oh, about three or four.
    All day I'd ask questions.
    At night I'd ask more.
    But whenever; she never, would ever, turn me away.

    I'd say how can I be sure what is right or wrong ?
    And why does what I want always take so long ?
    Please tell me where does God live
    And why won't He talk to me ?

    I'd say, Grandma what is love ?
    Will I ever find out ?
    Why are we so poor, what is life about ?
    I wanna know the answers before I fall off to sleep.

    She sort of smiled as she tucked me in.
    Then she pulled up that old rockin' chair once again.
    But tonight she was slightly, remarkably
    Different somehow

    Slowly she rocked, lookin' half asleep.
    Grandma yawned as she stretched.
    Then she started to speak.
    What she told me, would mold me, and hold me
    Together inside.

    She said all the things you ask
    You will know someday.
    But you have got to live in a patient way.
    God put us here by fate
    And by fate that means better days.

    She said, child we are all moons in the dark of night.
    Ain't no morning gonna come 'til the time is right.
    Can't get to better days lest you make it through the night.
    You gotta make it through the night, yes you do.

    You can't get to no better days
    Unless you make it through the night.
    Oh, you will see those better days
    But you gotta be patient.
    (Be patient) oh baby, be patient.

    Later that year, at the turn of spring,
    Heaven sent angels down and gave Grandma her wings.
    Now, she's flying, and sliding, and gliding
    In better days

    And although I'm all grown up
    I still get confused.
    I stumble through the dark
    Getting bumped and bruised.
    When night gets in my way
    I could still hear my Grandma say
    I can hear her say,
    I can hear her say.

    (Be patient) You can't get to no better days
    Unless you make it through the night baby.
    (Be patient) Oh, you will see those better days
    But you gotta be patient.
    Child, do you hear me, yeah.

    (Be patient) You can't get to no better days
    Unless you make it, you got to make it
    you got to make it
    You got to make it through the night

    (Be patient) Oh Grandma, oh Grandma
    Do you see me now, lady
    Oh oh oh oh oh...

    (Be patient) She used to sit me on her knee
    She used to comb my hair
    She used to tell me stories..
    My Grandma took me everywhere


    May this bless someone today as it did me.
    Here you go. Thank you for sharing this.


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    cocopea9052 Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rising Sundara View Post
    Here you go. Thank you for sharing this.
    , thank you RS. I was hoping someone would view and post. It's funny how sometimes we get all excited and want share something, but then no one looks. Well I'm happy now that someone did. Thanks again.

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    Thanks you two!


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    Last edited by Joyb0218; August 3rd, 2009 at 11:37 AM. Reason: vid is already posted! :)


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    http://www.rr-bb.com/showthread.php?t=105938&page=12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rising Sundara View Post
    Here you go. Thank you for sharing this.

    You are most welcome, hon! That's the first time I've heard of Dianne Reeves. I'm going to look into her a bit more. I'd like to get her CD if she has one. That woman sure can sing!

    Its ironic you posted that. The other day, I was sifting through some old photos my Mother had sent me. Some photographs my Grandmother had in her albums. In 02 she had passed away. The albums were divided between my Mother and Aunt. Some were of my great grandparents and their siblings. They were Missouri farm folks, who lived simple lives. I never knew them, however, I couldn't help but shed a few tears looking at them. Not certain why.

    The first few versus of the song especially struck a chord with me. I was an inquisitive child, myself. Forever asking questions. So much so, my Mother used to tell me to "shut up! You talk to much!" Or, "Go ask your teacher, that's what they get paid for." Mom didn't have much patience back then. She's different now though. Those comments used to hurt my little feelings. Grandma however, would always, always answer my questions, no matter what they were. I told her about what my Momma had said. Grandma's reply was, "There is no such thing as a stupid question coming from a child. That's how you learn." Such wisdom.

    Again, thank you so much for sharing her music. It gave me a huge smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocopea9052 View Post
    , thank you RS. I was hoping someone would view and post. It's funny how sometimes we get all excited and want share something, but then no one looks. Well I'm happy now that someone did. Thanks again.
    ACKKKK! I was attempting to reply to your post, but clicked on the wrong quote link! haha

    Anyway, see post above, that was actually supposed to be a reply to yours.

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    cocopea9052 Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rising Sundara View Post
    ACKKKK! I was attempting to reply to your post, but clicked on the wrong quote link! haha

    Anyway, see post above, that was actually supposed to be a reply to yours.
    I did, thank you so much for sharing that. You know my Grandma was so special to me. She would make homemade jelly for us and real ice cream that we took turns churning. And she was such a women of faith. But she had been through a lot, had a set of twins at 46 that had a lot of problems...mental and such but they were never properly diagnosed. And you really could see the heartache in her eyes over that, yet she remained a sweet and gentle soul loving us grand kids something awesome.

    She passed away before this song came out. But oh my, the first time I heard it, I just melted...I actually use to play it so much that I did write all the lyrics and later when they started posting them on the Internet, I was surprised to find I had them pretty close, one example; "She said, child we are all moons in the dark of night", except I thought she said "born" instead of "moons', but hey they would have worked too! Oh yeah, and when I "thought" I could sing, boy I would be singing it like I was on stage. Of course later I learned I can't sing worth a dime.

    Anyway, I suppose we all have songs like that..it just reaches out and grabs hold to us. It may not for another but you can't tell us that!... Today, however it actually reminds me of my Mom more than my Grandma. But today she is a Grandmother, so maybe that's why.

    I'm just so happy someone else heard it...

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