Universal Child

The first time I heard Annie Lennox sing “Universal Child” it felt like thousands of fairies were dancing on my arms as goosebumps sprouted on my skin. The song reminded me of my adoption journey and my wish to embrace a needy child. It brought back images of children’s desperate faces I had seen across India and Cambodia.

Since then, every time I listen to the lyrics of the song I get tears in my eyes. The words epitomise everything motherhood means to me, particularly as an adoptive mother whose children had a rough start to life.

I promise you too will be moved if you listen to it.

How many mountains must you face before you learn to climb.

I’m gonna give you what it takes, my universal child.

I’m gonna try to find a way to keep you safe from harm.

We’re going to build a special place, a shelter from the storm.

 

I can see you, you’re everywhere, your poetry fills the sky.

I’m gonna wrap my arms around you, my universal child.

 

And when I look into your eyes, so innocent and pure.

I see the shadows of the things that you’ve had to endure.

I see the tracks of every tear that ran right down your face.

I see the hurt, I see the pain, I see the human race.

 

I can see you, you’re everywhere, shining like the sun.

I wish to God that kids like you could be like everyone.

 

How many tumbles must it take before you learn to fly.

I’m going to help you spread your wings, my universal child.

 

I can feel you, you’re everywhere, shining like the sun.

And I wish to God that kids like you could be like everyone.

I wish to God that kids like you could be like everyone.

Annie Lennox.

 

2 thoughts on “Universal Child

  1. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Annie Lennox put into words what was singing & playing in my heart from the time I’d undergone my adoption journey too.
    Hugs to you and yours.

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