Roll Down Like Water

by Dan Caldwell

 

The annexation wall imprisoning the Palestinian People of the West Bank.

The annexation wall imprisoning the Palestinian People of the West Bank.

I wrote this song shortly after my Dad returned from a trip to Palestine. What he saw there changed his life. He is now devoted to actively working for justice for the Palestine people who are suffering under occupation. Part of his activism is to give presentations in the hope that people will see the conflict from the side of the oppressed. My dad often uses this song as part of his presentation – a great honor for me. While writing this song I tried to imagine what it would be like to be a victim of such great injustice. The chorus of the song is inspired by the prophet Amos.

Lyrics:

We’re all looking for love
We’re all hoping to be redeemed
When justice rolls down like water
And righteousness a mighty stream
Justice rolls down like water, and sets us free

We are all children of Abraham
We bury our dead in the same sand
But We reject the cycle of hate
We must never kill what God creates
Justice will roll down like water, to cultivate

We’re not called to sit idly by
We’re not called to accept this plight
But, we won’t find justice in revenge
Violence for peace makes no sense
Justice will roll down like water, and we will be blessed

Someday this will all be made right
The walls will come down that block our sight
Our scars tell a story of pain
But we will not have toiled in vain
Justice will roll down like water, ’till only love remains

We’re all looking for love
We’re all hoping to be redeemed
When justice rolls down like water
And righteousness a mighty stream
Justice will roll down like water, and set us free