I do not know how it popped into my brain, but suddenly it was there. The song “Who Will Answer” started singing in my head. I have not thought of it since the 1960’s. So, I did what we all do these days and googled it. Up popped all kinds of information. I went to the lyrics first and then turned to Wikipedia for more information.
The song was written by a Spanish singer-songwriter named Luis Eduardo Aute. The song included Gregorian Chant along with a modern beat. Sheila Davis wrote the English version of the song, which was then recorded by Ed Ames. The year was 1967.
Billboard magazine said this at the time: “the song expresses the urgent feelings of our times and deals with such meaningful subjects as nuclear war, apathy, religious discontent and the underlying confusion of today’s generation.” The magazine’s “Spotlight Singles” reviewer that week said, “With appeal for all programming and buyers, the vital lyric message based upon today’s world situation must be heard throughout.”
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! begins and ends the song. Here is the first stanza:
From the canyons of the mind
We wander on and stumble blindly
Through the often-tangled maze
Of starless nights and sunless days
While asking for some kind of clue
Or road to lead us to the truth
But who will answer?
I encourage you to find the lyrics and even listen to Ames sing it. It is as if it was written today.
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