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​DIFFERENT SHIPS, SAME BOAT ~ Songs for the Soul of America........(The Hurt | The Hope | The Healing) 

Book of lyric poems for our challenging times, by Terah (Terry) Cox. First of 3-phase project with CD and events. 10% of your support will go to three social action causes.  www.terahcox.com/different-ships.html 

The name of this project was inspired by a visionary who was at the forefront of social justice action in our country during one of its hardest moments. Martin Luther King Jr.’s paradoxical words: “We may have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now,” are as timely and urgent today as when he first spoke them. (Scroll to bottom to see lyrics)

We are at a time in our world when every voice matters, words matter and truth matters. And while the pursuit and recognition of truth is vital to the integrity of our civilization, truth has more and more become a pawn for power, barter and bias. If we are ever going to heal the great divide in our country, we will have to look beyond our stubborn truth-sparring to the one language we all understand – the language of the heart. For only the heart can conjure the willingness to listen, and the kindness, compassion and understanding that reveal a more loving, universal and truer truth: that beneath our different perspectives, circumstances, creeds and cultures, there is a sameness of heart. We all want to love, be loved, and give something worthwhile to the world from the love and truth of who we are. And if we want to 'save the soul' of our America, we will need to bring more heart into more and more of our personal, professional, political and socio-economic bottom lines.

These themes permeate the DIFFERENT SHIPS project. As I often like to say, every individual is a seed of our collective humanity – as we each are, so the world becomes. And so this project is my seed planting of love – from the inner and outer inspirations that conjure the words, to the love that fuels the process and takes it all the way "into the light." And you are the love-light that can help it to happen!

The Project
This is an ambitious project, but one that my long time work as an author, songwriter and speaker has equipped me for. This GoFundMe campaign addresses the first phase of a three-phase project: (1) the writing, design and publication of the book, (2) collaboration with music writers, guest musicians, artists, producers and studios to co-write and record a CD of 10-15 songs drawn from lyrics in the book, and finally, (3) live events with a combination of music and speakers on the topics of the book and CD. 10% of receipts from your donation will be contributed to three social action groups, with a charitable component in every phase of the project.

Book Description & Logistics
The DIFFERENT SHIPS book will contain around 45-48 lyric-poems and commentaries, which will explore the different kinds of hurt that are shredding the collective soul of America, and the hope so many of us have in our hearts to bring about the healing that we must believe is possible. The funding received for Phase 1 will help to provide time for writing and the hiring of a cover illustrator, as well as book design, layout and publication. I plan to publish the book initially through my own publishing company, and to release it sometime in 2018. This period will also include the pursuit of corporate sponsorships to fund Phase 2 collaborations with some great music writers and artists to co-write and record the CD, as well as event planning for Phase 3.

You may view below the lyrics for "Different Ships, Same Boat" and "Into the Light," the latter inspired by a "Watch Night" speech given by interfaith leader-activist-filmmaker Valarie Kauer. For more details about some of my inspirations for this project, the three social action causes that the project will benefit, and several additional lyrics from the book-in-progress, please also visit my DIFFERENT SHIPS website page. I also suggest to listen to one of the songs that will likely be included in the CD, "A New American Dream," a shortened version of which was performed in an NBC pre-Olympics show .

www.TerahCox.com  |   www.FisherQueenSongs.com

Sample lyrics for the DIFFERENT SHIPS project:

© Lyrics by Terry Cox, title inspired by MLK Jr. quote

In a not so distant time ago
On wooden sailing ships
Brave-hearted souls crossed the sea
with a hope and a prayer and a new-world wish
In the land of opportunity
Hard work paved the way
Anyone with a dream could start from nothin’
And build a proud new day

But somehow the land of the free
became the land of every man for himself
And we forgot we can’t really have the dream
without each other’s help

We may have come on different ships
But we’re in the same boat now
It’s time to embrace our differences
Our hearts can show us how
We may have come on different ships
But together we can rock this boat
Together we can start a new wave
Together we can keep the dream afloat

Once we were all immigrants here
We all were refugees
Running from hate, oppression and fear
Looking for a place to live as we believe
But in the land of opportunity
How soon we forgot
A dream come true can be a cruel thing
When some have and some have not

Somehow the land of the free
Became a free-for-all of greed and control
But what does it gain us to fill our own cup
and lose our very soul?

And though we came on different ships
We’re in the same boat now
It’s time to embrace our differences
Our hearts can show us how
With our different ways and our different gifts
Together we can rock this boat
Together we can start a new wave
Together we can keep this dream afloat
Together we can weather the storm
Together we can steer a truer course
Together we can turn the teeming tide
And keep this dream, this American dream, alive


© Lyrics: Terry Cox, Inspired by Valarie Kaur (see more below)

A fearless Sikh woman
stood up one New Year’s night
with her story and her passion
and her heart’s second sight
Like a beacon at the pulpit
of love’s holy might
She dared us to look
at the dark of our world
in a whole different light

She said all our labor
Our history of hurt
All our worldly battles
Over heaven and earth
Are more than we know
More than they ever seem
Maybe this nightmare
is really the birth of
our heart’s greatest dream

She said…
Maybe this darkness
is not the dark of our tomb
but the hard hurting labor
of humanity’s womb
Maybe this darkness
is just the long hard night
That will finally bring us all the way
into the light

If you and I are willing
we can cross our great divide
And use our hearts to see
what’s on each other’s inside
But if we keep looking through the lens
of everything we fear
We’ll miss our chance
to let go of the past
and be reborn together right here

Maybe this darkness
is not the dark of our tomb
but the hard hurting labor
of humanity’s womb
And so let’s push with our hearts
through this long dark night
Until we come all the way
into the light

In the meantime, she said,
tonight let us breathe
While we share heart to heart
the things we each believe
Come morning we will labor
with the softer breath of love
to birth the better world
our hearts are dreaming of

‘Cause I believe this darkness
is not the dark of our tomb
but the long and winding labor
of humanity’s womb
And so let’s pull together
through this hard dark night
Until we come all the way,
all the way into the light
Inspired by Sikh interfaith leader, filmmaker and activist Valarie Kaur’s riveting speech at National Moral Revival Poor People’s Campaign Watch Night Service 12/31/16 with spiritual leaders from various traditions: “What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb…what if our America is not dead, but waiting to be born. …Tonight we will breathe, tomorrow we will labor the labor of love.”
​( www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCenwgheIBs)

See more info & lyrics for the DIFFERENT SHIPS book & CD here:   www.terahcox.com/different-ships.html
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After completing a big move to Virginia, I'm starting the next phase of writing for DIFFERENT SHIPS, SAME BOAT -- a lyrical "register" of hurt, hope and healing for our challenging times. I've just completed some new lyric poems for the project and sharing one here titled #METOO #WHAT ABOUT YOU. Grateful for your support to help bring it to light.....love, Terah

© 2017 by Terah Cox, for “Different Ships, Same Boat ~ Songs for the Soul of America”

One woman speaks
Alone she stands
Till another steps up
with heart and hand
Then two become three
and three become twelve
And soon there are hundreds
with stories to tell

And now -- we’re
No longer silent
No longer compliant
We’ve traded lip-sync
for vocal and defiant
No turning a blind eye
or turning the other cheek
Read our truth-telling lips
Read ‘em and weep --
#MeToo #MeToo

All people want
what hearts dream of
But barter and sale
are not about love
And favors bought
or favors sold
are really nothing more
than a failure of soul

And now we’re
No longer silent
No longer compliant
We’ve traded lip-sync
for vocal and defiant
No turning a blind eye
Or turning the other cheek
Read our truth-telling lips
Read ‘em and weep
#MeToo #MeToo

You good men may think
this song’s not for you
But we invite you
to speak out too
‘Cause all your bad bros’
are putting you to shame
And if you just stand by
are you partly to blame?

It’s time -- we’re
No longer silent
No longer compliant
We’ve traded lip-sync
for vocal and defiant
No turning a blind eye
Or turning the other cheek
Read our truth-telling lips
Read ‘em and -- sisters,
Weep no more!
#MeToo #MeToo
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I'm excited to announce that I've chosen three social action causes to benefit with the support that comes in for the DIFFERENT SHIPS project:

(1) The Revolutionary Love project, founded by interfaith leader-activist-author-filmmaker Valarie Kaur in 2016 at the University of Southern California, which is committed to fighting for justice through the ethics of love;

(2) The Center for Courage and Renewal (Seattle, Washington), founded by author-activist Parker J. Palmer, with the mission to "create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it;" and

(3) Solutions for Interrupted Education (Atlanta, GA), founded by a group of educators, activists and social entrepreneurs dedicated to helping refugees and migrants in America whose education has been interrupted by war and social/political upheaval, trafficking and extreme poverty.

Click on link to learn more.
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So grateful!!! I'm going to be house-sitting for some friends with a great deck overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains for a few days -- and thanks to some very generous supporters, I'll be able to use these days as a writing retreat to work on the DIFFERENT SHIPS project! Thank you all sooooo very much!
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