Where is Love?

This past weekend my husband and I attended opening night of Oliver! at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis. Even though it is based on Charles Dickens’ dark tale Oliver Twist, the musical handles a lot of the characters and themes very lightly, especially in the first act. I have never been quite comfortable with upbeat, funny songs by and about human trafficking (who could be?).

But in the middle of the first act Oliver, after being sold as a slave and forced to work and sleep on the floor surrounded by coffins, sings a song that would break your heart even if the actor couldn’t sing (this one could). Some people confuse the song for one about romantic love, but it is actually about an orphan sold into slavery who misses his mother:

Where is love?
Does it fall from skies above?
Is it underneath the willow tree
That I’ve been dreaming of?

Where is she?
Who I close my eyes to see?
Will I ever know the sweet “hello”
That’s only meant for me?

Who can say where she may hide?
Must I travel far and wide
Till I am beside the someone who
I can mean something to?

Where is love?

Considering many of the children currently sold into slavery are orphaned, and the scene in which poor Oliver sleeps alone and scared is occurring worldwide today, this song really moved me when I heard it on Friday night.

Join in!

What song(s) has moved you by showing you the perspective of another person or group of people?

If you haven’t considered giving up all chocolate made by child slaves, I hope you’ll consider doing so by reading about it in our recent chocolate week, along with the comments. And if you’ve given it up, or are trying to, tell us about it in the comments section today.

3 Responses to “Where is Love?”
  1. Darrell says:

    I guess I would say “Fortunate Son” which John Fogerty wrote about the Vietnam War obviously, but more importunately it was about those who did not have to go. It was our first glimpse as a nation into what was ahead for us. We saw that we were changing into a society of those expected to go and those who were above it. He had David Eisenhower who married Julie Nixon in mind for the song. David was the grandson of Dwight who obviously was a military man but his grandson was given a life of priviledge.

    I was interviewed once by a reporter in Memphis who wanted to write a book about the difference between those who went and those who did not but I never heard from him again. Anyway it was during the war that the plight of people, especially children, but all people affected by war, became real to me. All war is orchastrated and if people could just see first hand what they are allowing to be done in their names they would be ashamed.

    One final word about child slavery primarily sex slavery but other forms as well. Don’t discount what I say without doing some reseasrch. Before you say he is crazy isn’t it important enough to check. Most international child slavery is run by and through UN operatives. This organizatrion at the top is made up of population control eugenicists who are spreading death and destruction across Africa and the rest of the developing world. NATO is their military thug on the block. These people are psychopathic lunatics who view others as cattle to be milked and exploited children included. We support them with the fruits of our labor.

    End transmission.

    • Joanna says:

      There are documented examples of the UN’s involvement in sex slavery, though on a small scale – you can visit this site’s link to The Human Trafficking Project to learn more.

  2. Joan says:

    The song Far From The Home I Love is from the play/movie Fiddler on The Roof. It is sung by a daughter to her father as she gets on a train in Russia in 1905 to join her future husband in Siberia where he is serving in a prison work camp. She is pulled between wanting to stay with family and wanting to be with the one she loves even though there will be much personal sacrifice.

    I apply it to modern day missionaries who leave family and friends at the airport to fly to some far away isolated area to help those imprisoned in many different ways. Just like the father, the missionary’s family and friends do not always understand why they would do it.

    This song shows me the perspective of people who are misunderstood for leaving what is comfortable for someone or something they love. The song starts with “How can I hope to make you understand why I do what I do…” and then ends with “but there with my love — I’m home.”

    It always brings a tear to my eye.

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