Women of Hope – Women of Change

Morley at TEDxWomenMorley is a composer, songwriter, singer and activist. Recently she sang Women of Hope at TedxWomen. It is a song inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi‘, and is a wonderful reminder to us all that those who never lose hope can indeed change the world around them.

The clip featured on TED includes images of a number of women who have made a difference in the world.

The clip we’ve included here is one Morley recorded earlier, which that has different images and is a studio production. In her own words:

This is a song that I wrote after watching a CNN program on Women and war. There are three vignettes; the first is in Rwanda, the second in Mexico, Somalia and Tibet and the third is in Burma. I quote Aung San Suu Kyi…when her people asked her for a message, saying how helpless they feel under military rule, she responded by saying, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone“. This moved me because it is so brilliant of her to empower her people like that, I found so much inspiration and truth in her words that it got me thinking of all the countless women of hope.

Spend five minutes of your day listening – you’ll be glad you did. :)

(We’ve also added the lyrics below the clip, in case you’d like to read them.)

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They stood together under a tree in tall grass on TV telling the world their story

We will be left to wander and fade away, soldiers came and took our husbands at the break of day
We will live on then fade away, soldiers came and killed our children at the break of day

Women of hope, women of change, women of war and pain,
I believe the almighty knows each and every one by your name
Women of hope, women of change, women of love, joy, no shame
You’ve got something this little life can never take away

Running through the darkness of night with her child by her side
Oh lord won’t you give them a shining armor of light, Oh lord won’t you give them a shining armor of light
Daybreak brings the sign of new life, with the power to stand
Crossing the border she said you will grow free on this land

Women of hope, women of change, women of war and pain
I can feel your power in these words she said:
If you’re feeling helpless, help someone If you’re feeling helpless, help someone

Nobody really knows how far they will go to keep on living
Nobody knows how far they will go to keep on giving and forgiving

Aung San Suu Kyi living under house arrest for her peaceful protest
Under house arrest, for her peaceful protest! When her people ask her, for a message she said:

If you’re feeling helpless, help someone
If you’re feeling helpless, help someone

People of hope, people of change
people of love, joy, no shame
I believe the almighty knows each and every one by your name

(Morley)

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