Thursday, June 08, 2006


I was driving home last evening and heard an old song by Bette Midler and was thinking about the words and it seemed so true that from a distance everything seems all right it is only when you are near do you see the real plight. It is so easy sometimes to give advice or to comment on a situation from a distance . I thought I would share the lyrics with you.

From a Distance

From a distance the world looks blue and green,
And the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
And the eagle takes to flight
From a distance, there is harmony,
And it echoes through the land.
It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace,
It’s the voice of every man.
From a distance we all have enough,
And no one is in need
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
No hungry mouths to feed.
From a distance we are instruments
Marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They’re the songs of every man.
God is watching us from a distance.
From a distance you look like my friend,
Even though we are at war
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
What all this fighting is for
From a distance there is harmony,
And it echoes through the land.
And it’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves,
It’s the heart of every man.
It’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves.
This is the song of every man.


Ajay 10:45 AM  

this is cent percent right .
I totally agree with you and ofcourse the song

And that is why sometimes we are overcautious about new things and people

Ajay 10:46 AM  

this is cent percent right .
I totally agree with you and ofcourse the song

And that is why sometimes we are overcautious about new things and people

Jackal 1:44 PM  

absolutely true.......n beautiful lyrics......u scratch the surface n the see


Oh yes indeed!! The macro view is very appealing and beautiful and peaceful but when yo usee the micro view you see all the flaws n the negativities..Also remind sme tht the grass is greener on the other side too....As we dig further we see there is more mess than what we perceived before! Good one:)

geetha 7:51 PM  

I love this song.
You're right.. everything is easy from a distance. We hardly can feel any pressure to the real thing..

starry nights 8:03 PM  

Ajay I thought so too.

starry nights 8:04 PM  

Jackal..yes everything looks good on the surface , we have to dig deep down to see the real thing.

starry nights 8:05 PM  

I have to agree with you scribblez, nice analogy.

starry nights 8:06 PM  

Geetha..Me too love that song and did not really pay attention to the words before.

southpaw 8:11 PM  

Very true.

chet 8:18 PM  

I have heard the song so many times but never paid attention to the words until I just read them. They are beautiful. Your so right about it being easy giving advice from a distance.

chandni 8:20 PM  

hmmm..havent heard it..

but like the lyrics....should get that one!!

starry nights 8:28 PM  

Chet..Me too heard it so many times but just liked the tune.

starry nights 8:29 PM should listen to this song, good music and it is called "from a Distance" by Bette Midler.It is an old song.

JamesBright 8:52 PM  

These are amazing lines.
And also see that from distance we all are coversing, sharing thoughts and ideas and above all we are all becoming friends...!

starry nights 8:57 PM  

Dreamsalittle...we are in different parts of the world but still able to share our thoughts. distance does not seperate us.

Keshi 9:24 PM  

I soooo soooo love this song Starry! It's been a long time since I heard it and thanks for reminding me abt it.

**From a distance we all have enough,
And no one is in need
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
No hungry mouths to feed.

thats so true. We r all so far away from troubles and cries of so many ppl..and so life is all rosy for us. How sad.


Madhu 9:31 PM  

meaningful and how true! what we see is often a projection, only when we dig deeper will we know the real truth.

Anu 10:39 PM  

Doorada betta nunnage? :)

I enjoyed your post on kite flying, but twice when I tried to leave a comment, the page was down for maintainance

Mindinside 11:40 PM  

Have you ever noticed that we see the world through our emotions.
Things are either bright or blurred depnding on the moods.
Either colorful or sad
Tearful or beautiful.
The things not always look the same.

christabelle 1:25 AM  

this is so true, most times we tend to jugde pple from a distance 2,someone once told me that when u see someone scratching, it looks so irritable but when u r the one scratching it doesn't look that irritable again, hm.

Has to be me 1:54 AM  

So true! And its a gr8 song too!
Neeru kannada?

jac 4:01 AM  

So true.
So amazingly true.

Gaurav Jain 6:10 AM  

while I was reading through this post, I imagined I was an astronaut. I was stepping slowly away from my chaotic life, stepping into the spacecraft. As the spacecraft was taking off, I could hear all the screams and noises of people around it, and bands playing in the background. Then, as the craft lifted from the earth, the voices of the people slowly subsided... and finally, there was a moment of complete silence. The earth looked so wonderfully peaceful from the space. Just like any other planet or heavenly body.

Thanks for bringing these thoughts to my mind... they gave me a sense of relaxation!

Anonymous,  7:23 AM  

u still havn't told me... do u understand hindi???

starry nights 7:35 AM  

Keshi..ONe of my favorites too.meaningful words, sometimes we just sing along and enjoy a song without ever thinking of the meaning. must have listened to this song a thousand times but only now did I understand what it was trying to portray.

starry nights 7:35 AM  

Madhu are so right.

starry nights 7:36 AM  

Anu.. thanks. Yes blogger has been down for a couple of hours for he last two days.

starry nights 7:37 AM  

Mindinside..sometimes we see only what we want to see.

starry nights 7:38 AM  

Christabelle..welcome to my blog and I do hope you come is true everything looks different from a distance.

starry nights 7:40 AM  

Has to be me. It is a great song. No I am not kannada. but I am from Bangalore. and I know kannada.

starry nights 7:40 AM  

Jac.. Thank you

starry nights 7:42 AM  

Gaurav Jain...It is my dream to get into a space craft and experience the silence of the universe once you leave earth. It must be an awsome feeling. I can only imagine.

starry nights 7:44 AM  

Adi...I understand hindi, learnt to read and write in school, but am not fluent, forgot a lot of it which is really sad. but when I watch Hindi movies it some how comes back. I guess you can really never forget a language.

Jinguchakka 10:14 AM  

A very good insightful song.
And I saw in your profile that "My cousin Vinny" is a fav of yours. I too love that movie. Awesome performances.

starry nights 12:39 PM  

Jinguchakka..welcome to my blog and do stop by again. I love the movie "my cousin Vinny" and am never tired of watching it.glad you like it too.

Ebun 1:23 PM  

Thanks for visiting my blog, Nice song and nice blog.

Maya Cassis 3:30 PM  

oh yes!i love this one.brings back some childhood memories

_Jonathan_ 3:30 PM  

I have used as therapy to write my problems, and when I read them seems easier to solve them.

Prash 5:34 PM  

Very true! I understand why you like the song. Profond thoughts in the lyrics. I like it.

passerby55 7:23 PM  

"the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain"...

distance is good for a climber...

sometimes 'A distance' helps!

Luking at 'A distance' a little differently

starry nights 7:28 PM  

Ebun..Thanks for visiting my blog and come again.

starry nights 7:28 PM  

Maya..Brought back memories for me too.

starry nights 7:28 PM  

Passerby..thanks. I like your poem

starry nights 7:30 PM  

Jonathen. true writing is a good therapy.

starry nights 7:31 PM  

Prash..Thats what I liked most was the lyrics. got me thinking too.

Kuan Gung 7:51 PM  

Never knew the words were so good...thank you

Sarah 9:21 PM  

This song was very popular when I was doing my internship in Bangalore..All junior docs used to sing it.. From a distance every patient looks normal!
But the real song.. it is a beautiful song

neihal 10:34 PM  

"God is watching us from a distance."

absolutely true...every line...but I like this one the know it got me thinking...if the whole incarnation thing is true, God needs to take one..he needs to take a closer look at things.

Dinma 12:29 AM  

Honestly speaking, I love this song. It turns me on. I wonder at the flow of traffic on your site and concluded you are doing absolutely nice job.

hope and love 1:33 AM  

hmm.. very true..
great post..

Loga 8:49 AM  

Nice lines..I have not heard the song

starry nights 9:06 AM  

Immigrant in canada..true it used to be a very popular. I remember listening to it so many times but never really listening to the words.

starry nights 9:07 AM  

Hope & is a beautiful song music and lyrics.

starry nights 9:10 AM  

Neihal..I also wonder if God is watching, what he must be thinking of the mess in this world to day.I wish he could wave his magic wand and set things right, erase poverty, hunger and the fighting that is going on.

starry nights 9:11 AM  

Chibaby..welcome to my site and I hope you come again. Thank you.

starry nights 9:13 AM  

Loga.. You should listen to the song,It is sung by Bette Midler and the music is really good.

smiley 10:25 AM  

it seemed so true that from a distance everything seems all right it is only when you are near do you see the real plight...

God is watching us from a distance... but he can view all the troubles etc unlke man

good one

starry nights 8:18 AM  

Smiley ...true god is watching us from a distance, but does he also see what actually is happening down on earth.

Keshi 9:00 PM  

ur so right...I never really paid attention to the lyrics and only now I know of it's true meaning...thanks to u!


Sojourner 1:08 AM  

hmm... when one feels the wrong way about something.. perhaps it is just time to step back .. as far back as possible... and see the bigger picture...

thanks for sharing this. And i see that this where the new profile pic was found. its cosmic! :)

starry nights 5:55 PM  

Yeah, when you step back you see the whole picture.or when you are in the midst of the turmoil that is happening you get a broader picture .Because from a distance everything looks peaceful.

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