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Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Footnote on the origin of the song: The words to this song were born as a result of my exposure (while a parent at Sunset Co-Operative Nursery School) to the practice of Non-Violent Communication (NVC). NVC is a beautiful and compassionate theory that grew out of the realization that all people, regardless of age or other "difference", share the same basic human needs, and that all of our behaviors (skillful or otherwise) are simply efforts to get these needs met. This philosophy has helped me so much in my parenting. Because if we can remember that we are all the same deep down, and are therefore actually more united than separate, it's sometimes easier to trust, understand, let go and love even when someone's actions seem, on the surface, to make it impossible for us to soften. It applies to us grown-ups, too ;-) So in addition to detailing those basic human needs we all share (like air, water, food, shelter, love, creativity, etc...what if everyone in the world had enough of all of this?), the song is also an attempt to express my gratitude for being taught the lessons of NVC, and for having the chance to be engaged in a parenting and learning relationship with my two children, who teach me so much of what's worth knowing.


Thank You
by Charity Kahn

thank you
for the air I breathe
for the water I drink
for the food I eat
for a mind to think

for a heart to love
for a soul to feel
for the smiles that cure
and for the tears that heal

thank you for a body to dance
on solid ground under my feet
for my friends and family
and all the freaky beautiful people I meet

for a place called home
for the sun up in the sky
for the choice to stand down
for the chance to fly

I thank you for bein’ you
you thank me for bein’ me
thank you for inspirin’ me
to be everything I can be oh
I thank you for bein’ you
you thank me for bein’ me
for the gift to manifest
who we are and what we dream

thank you for loving me
for trusting me
for understanding me
for letting me be me


released November 14, 2006
Lyrics and Music by Charity Kahn
Inspired by her children, Jasper and Silas
Performed by Charity Kahn, Daryn Roven, Charlie Crocker
Engineered/Mixed/Mastered by Daryn Roven



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