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I did not realize how emotional this song and the images I used were until I used this in my classroom and was looking at 30-some teary eyes. I love the simplicity of this song as well as the power of it. This was a great song to share with my students as an analytical piece. We have also played around with adding instrumental drones so students can practice singing a capella and interpretive movement with my younger students.
A little history on this song: Bono wrote and recorded the song in 1984 and appeared on U2's album "The Unforgettable Fire". It is described as a lullaby to honor Martin Luther King. This song along with "Pride (In the Name of Love)" earned Bono the highest honor of the King Center, an organization founded by Coretta Scott King.
I always present the story behind a song and allow students to listen to original recordings and remakes by different artists. I and my students absolutely love the recording of this song by The Kings' Singers; definitely check that recording out!
I hope you enjoy this song and make sure you have some Kleenex on hand!