One of my favorite ‘Wilson’ names in music is Cassandra Wilson. She mixes blues, jazz, R&B, indigenous elements with her fantastic voice.
One of the songs she sings: ‘Solomon Sang’ is in reference to ‘The Song of Solomon’ which is biblical, yes, but of course anything having to do with Christianity, usually is preceded by its histories in other lands and places and spiritual paths. In ‘Solomon Sang’ Cassandra Wilson refers to the Queen of Sheba (which is what The Song of Solomon revolves around) as Makeda. Makeda is the Ethiopian name for the Queen of Sheba.
Lie back and relax for a beautiful experience.
I also include Cassandra Wilson’s version of ‘Last Train from Clarkesville‘ which was the Monkees’ first single in 1966 and was a jangly upbeat sixties type song. I love Cassandra’s version. ‘Last Train from Clarkesville’ was conceived by its creator and songwriters as a protest song expressing the wishes of a soldier to stay as long as he could with his family before he leaves for the Vietnam War.
He had silver and gold Riches untold And the beast of the field lay at his feet Everybody bowed He wondered why or how It all came to be No one understood his sorrow No one saw his pain He was praying for grace Ravens pray for rain And when he stood before the altar Solomon sang Solomon sang Wisdom was his calling Pride sent him falling Love was blissful misery When the days grew dim Life began again In the questions of the Queen Did she understand his sorrow Did she see his pain Vanity and precious stones Weigh you down the same But when he laid down with Makeda Solomon sang Solomon sang Love for woman Love for God Not so simple Not too hard For the spirit Pleasure is sweet And surrender set him free Free Set him free When our time is ended How will we have spent it Did we see the beauty in each day Was it God’s devotion Behind each emotion Or did it all just slip away Can you understand his sorrow Can you see his pain Nothing lives forever But the love that bears your name And when he stood up in the temple Solomon sang Solomon sang Solomon sang Solomon sang
Last Train to Clarkesville