We are the same…


If there ever was a candidate for theme song of our new blog, my vote would go to  “Underneath the Sycamore” by Death Cab for Cutie (DCFC). Off their masterful new album Codes and Keys, it is a hopeful and poignant track that proudly states, “we are the same…underneath the sycamore.”

The band is right on target. The tune is a reference to homeless people and the contempt that is all too often shown toward them. Those who treat our fellow human beings in such a manner should be ashamed of themselves. As the old saying goes, “therefore, but for the grace of God go I.”

None of us are any better than anyone else on this rotating sphere. It does not matter their aptitude, latitude, longitude, attitude, altitude, magnitude, gratitude, or platitudes. In heaven’s view we are all equal and the same…”underneath the sycamore.” Below are the lyrics by DCFC:

“Lying in a field of glass

Underneath the overpass

Mangled in the shards of a metal frame

Woken from the dream by my own name

Well I was such a wretched man

Searching everywhere for a homeland

And now we are under the same sun

Feel it through the leaves

Let it heal us

We are the same

We are both safe

Underneath the sycamore

We are the same

We are both safe

Underneath the sycamore

We were both broken in our own ways

Sifting through the rubble for the wrong things

I know you’ve got a vengeful heart

And I cannot be stopped as soon as I start

But you have seen your darkest rooms

And I have slept in makeshift tombs

And this is where we find our peace

Oh this is where we are released.

We are the same

We are both safe

Underneath the sycamore

We are the same

We are both safe

Underneath the sycamore

We are the same

We are both safe

Underneath the sycamore

We are the same

We are both safe

Underneath the sycamore”

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