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    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

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    Twenty Angels

    "Twenty Angels" is an original song and video. I hope that Twenty Angels can contribute to some healing and to meaningful change.
    I wrote Twenty Angels with aloha (love) for the kids, teachers, families and community of Newtown, Connecticut. I had pretty much finished the song but realized the chorus needed something more. Then I saw Anderson Cooper's interview with the parents of Grace McDonnell -- I was blown away by the love and peace in the parents' hearts as well as in their daughter's. And I was transfixed by the little girl's wonderful artwork, especially her painting of a fish. That night I dreamt of Grace’s artwork and saw that fish -- and the line "Fingerpaint in the sky" came to me. I got right up at 4:00am and wrote it down, along with the remainder of the chorus.

    Please do something to stop the madness! Whether it's praying, political activism, donations, you name it. One option is to donate to United Way of Western Connecticut, as I have done. From their site, note the following:
    United Way of Western Connecticut, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is serving as the fiduciary for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. All donations to this fund are tax deductible to fullest extend of the law. United Way of Western Connecticut will only apply external credit card processing fees to any donations received for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. There will be no United Way management fees attached to any donations for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

    Aloha and Mahalo,
    Doctor Paul

    Twenty Angels

    Am Dm E
    This world of madness
    Failed them all
    Dm E
    Flags at half-mast
    A deathly pall

    Mighty speeches
    And tearful eulogies
    But nothing changes
    In the land of insanity

    Am G
    There's twenty angels
    G7 Am
    In heaven above
    Am G
    Torn from us
    G7 Am
    Now wrapped-in God's love

    When the sun goes down--
    Finger paint in the sky
    Reminds us again
    It's time to cry

    Twenty little coffins
    All in a row
    And all those parents
    Want to know

    But we just tell them
    These things happen
    Cuz the price of freedom
    Is paid with guns


    Twenty new stars
    In the sky at night
    Shining with their teachers
    Giving us light

    So what about
    The kids still here
    Time to shout
    No more fear!


    F G Em Am
    Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine,
    Ana, Dylan, Madeline, Catherine,
    Chase, James, Jesse, Benjamin
    Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline,
    Grace, Jessica, Avielle, Allison
    We let you down
    But never again
    You have not
    Died in vain


    My Twenty Angels video is posted on YouTube and Facebook. Please share the video anywhere you think it might do some good by Forwarding, Re-posting, “Liking”, etc.
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