Kind & Generous
  • Kind & Generous
  • Natalie Merchant
  • Ophelia

There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you – of kindness and consideration and respect – not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

John Steinbeck in Steinbeck: A Life in Letters

Song: “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant

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“This was truly one of the most warmhearted Tiny Desk performances I’ve ever seen.” – Bob Boilen on Natalie Merchant’s set. 


Have You Ever Seen The Rain performed by Conor Oberst, The Lone Bellow, Laura Marling, The Felice Brothers, Suzanne Vega, Jonathan Wilson and Natalie Merchant at the The Beacon for Holiday Cheer for FUV.

  • River
  • Natalie Merchant
  • Tigerlily

River - Natalie Merchant
A song written about River Phoenix. It was released in 1995 on Natalie’s Tigerlily album. It is as beautiful as Candle in the Wind, it’s really such a touching song. From the music to the words. Starting with the loss and heartbreak then going into the anger at the treatment River got in death… with the horrible intrusion, the media circus. But you don’t need an explanation it speaks for itself.

Young & strong Hollywood son
In the early morning light
This star fell down On Sunset Boulevard
Young & strong beautiful one
One that we embraced so close
Is gone
Was torn away
Let the youth of America mourn
Include him in their prayers
Let his image linger on
Repeat it everywhere
With candles with flowers
He was one of ours One of ours

Why don’t you let him be?
He’s gone We know
Give his mother & father peace
Your vulture’s candor
Your casual slander
Will murder his memory
He’s gone We know
And it’s nothing but a tragedy

Lay to rest your soul and body
Lay beside your name
Lay to rest your rage
Your hunger and amazing grace
With candles, with flowers
You were one of ours
One of ours
I saw cameras expose your life
I heard rumors explode with lies
I saw children with tears
Cry and crowd around the sight
Of where you had collapsed that day
Where your last breath & word
Had been sighed
Where your heart had burst
Where you had died
I saw how they were lost in grieving
All half-believing you were gone
The loss and pain of it
Crime and the shame of it
You were gone
It was such a nightmare raving, “how could we save him From himself?”

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