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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Don't Cry For Me




I liked to listen to the beautiful opera song, Don't Cry for Me Argentina especially sung by Sarah Brightman. Her duet with the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, “Time To Say Goodbye”, topped charts all over Europe and became the highest and fastest selling single of all time in Germany.

"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" is a song from the 1978 musical Evita with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Sung by the title character Eva Perón.   María Eva Duarte de Perón (7 May 1919 – 26 July 1952) was the second wife of President Juan Perón (1895–1974) and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. Eva Perón has become a part of international popular culture, most famously as the subject of the musical Evita (1976).


Lyrics

 It won't be easy, you'll think it strange

 When I try to explain how I feel

 That I still need your love after all that I've done

You won't believe me

 All you will see is a girl you once knew

 Although she's dressed up to the nines

 At sixes and sevens with you

I had to let it happen, I had to change

 Couldn't stay all my life down at heel

 Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun

So I chose freedom

 Running around, trying everything new

 But nothing impressed me at all

 I never expected it to

[Chorus:]

Don't cry for me Argentina

 The truth is I never left you

 All through my wild days

 My mad existence

 I kept my promise

 Don't keep your distance

And as for fortune, and as for fame

 I never invited them in

 Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired

They are illusions

 They are not the solutions they promised to be

 The answer was here all the time

 I love you and hope you love me

Don't cry for me Argentina

[chorus]

Have I said too much?

There's nothing more I can think of to say to you.

But all you have to do is look at me to know

 That every word is true


When I hear the song verse  “don’t cry for me Argentina”, it reminds me of the Word of the Lord Jesus recorded in Luke 23:28;

 “Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.

Let me introduce Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on this verse.

/…./ We have here the blessed Jesus, the Lamb of God, led as a lamb to the slaughter, to the sacrifice. Though many reproached and reviled him, yet some pitied him. But the death of Christ was his victory and triumph over his enemies: it was our deliverance, the purchase of eternal life for us. Therefore weep not for him, but let us weep for our own sins, and the sins of our children, which caused his death; and weep for fear of the miseries we shall bring upon ourselves./…./

Lord Jesus, let me cry for myself and my children for fear of not following YOU faithfully, in a search for the things in this transient world! Amen.

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