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Joanne’s Difficult Decision

In 1954 Joanne Schieble was pregnant, unmarried, university student. She faced the difficult decision whether to keep the baby, give it up for adoption or have an abortion.

She had no way of knowing how things her life or her baby’s life would turn out, the kind of dilemma I was trying to capture in the song First Black President.

I could have been a hero
Covered in glory ‘cos I gave my life
I could have been a mother
Three young kids and working nights
I could have been a nurse or a football coach
Could have had your smile, your eyes, your nose
Would my coming still be something you’d lament
If I’d have been the first black President?

Thankfully Joanne decided not to have an abortion but to give him up for adoption. Her son didn’t become the President of the United States. He became the CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs.

It’s impossible for anyone to accurately assess another’s life. But I think Steve Jobs made the world a better place.

Rest in peace, Steve. And thank you Joanne.

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Paula Carragher’s Brave Decision

In 1977 Paula Carragher was given some heartbreaking news. After having already suffered two miscarriages she was told that the unborn child she was now carrying had Spina Bifida, a serious birth defect of the spinal cord.

The doctors asked her to consider the option of having an abortion.

Strengthened by her Catholic faith, she refused, determined to care for the baby no matter how disabled it would be.

“Our Lord told me to have the baby”, is what she maintains to this day.

On 28 Jan 1978 her son, James Carragher, was born.

Later this afternoon (4 Sept 10) James (or Jamie as he is better known) will play his testimonial match at Anfield Football Stadium.

 

It’s a very special celebration of Jamie’s career playing for Liverpool Football Club. So far that career includes over 600 matches, 2 FA cups, 2 League Cups, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup, 2 European Super Cups, 2 Charity Shields and 1 FA Youth Cup as well as over 30 appearances for his country.

It’s an amazing achievement, made possible because one brave lady faced her difficult decision and made the right choice.

Thank you Paula.

(source, Carra: My Autobiography by Jamie Carragher & Chris Bascombe)

 

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One Three Nine

One Three Nine is in many ways the most unusual song I’ve posted here. It’s a pro-life song, the music is from a classical piece by Grieg called Aase’s Death, it’s my first song with no guitar and the lyrics are a paraphrase of psalm 139 intercut with a response from the point of view of the unborn.

(For more info read the ‘Behind the song’ post).

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Almighty God, my maker
You formed the depths of me
Like wolves they came, encircling
Eager to tear me to pieces
You knit me together there, my maker
Deep in my mother’s womb
But they found the place where you hid me
And dragged me out.

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Salt Water
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Salt Water

Salt Wateris the third of four pro-life songs I’m posting through February and March.Download the free mp3
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All the light,
All the light that I can see
I can see through you.

When you walk,
When you walk my world trembles
And moves with you.

When you sing
Your breathing embraces me
But you haven’t sung
Since the day you found out I was here.

I’m not a twinkle in his eye,
I’m just a little star inside
The universe of you.
Let me shine, let me shine.

Keep me safe inside,
I’m not ready yet.

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Your Difficult Decision

Your Difficult Decision is the second of 4 songs I’ll be posting through Feb and Mar with a Pro-life theme.

This song tries to capture the sad reality that the decision to abort a baby is often made with little (if any) support or input from the father of the child while, at the same time, still affirming that the decision being made is about a person’s life.

When you look into his eyes you know he’s frightened
Still he’s trying hard to say what’s right
‘Cos he knows deep down a man should be supportive
So he says “I’ll be there for you, whatever you decide”

But he’s hoping all you want him to be there for
Is a lift home from the clinic when you’re through
You didn’t think that you’d be carrying a baby
And you know you don’t have the strength to carry two

It’s up to you – it’s your decision…

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First Black President

First Black President is quite a departure from any songs I’ve written before and certainly any songs I’ve posted on this site. It’s not a ‘church’ song, it’s not even really aimed at a Christian audience, though it is still informed and influenced by my Christian faith. It’s a pro-life song.
Having felt for a long time that I should at least attempt to say something in the defense of the unborn, last summer I set myself a challenge of writing 4 songs from the point of view of the unborn addressed to parents, potential parents or medics.
It was a crazy goal, but I did it and so I’ll be posting free mp3s of the ‘Neverborn songs’, one per fortnight for the next two months, as well as posting a little more about the inspiration for each song and for writing about the pro-life cause. I really like to hear your feedback on the demos.
First Black President was an idea I’d had knocking around for quite a while but, like all the songs was written in one week, a few hours every morning at my church’s offices.

You took away my birthday
Never gave me a name
Didn’t know my gender
But you can’t forget my age
Because thoughts come crashing down on you
In a playground full of kids
Just who do you think I would have been
If you hadn’t done the thing you did?

I could have been a contender
The heavyweight champion of the world
Could have been a big sister
To your pretty little baby girl
I could have laughed and danced and drove a car
Wound up as messed up as you are
I might have even been the boy that heaven sent
To be the first black President.

There’s a spot on the wall in your home
My picture would have hung
Is it a barren place now?
Or have you filled it with someone?
Thoughts crawl out of the woodwork
Too many to swat away.
Just who do you think I would have been
If you hadn’t made the choice you made?

I, I could have been a hero
Covered in glory ‘cos I gave my life
I could have been a mother
Three young kids and working nights
I could have been a nurse or a football coach
Could have had your smile, your eyes, your nose
Would my coming still be something you’d lament
If I’d have been the first black President?

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‘Behind The Song’ post (You can also watch an amateur video of the first live performance here).

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