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David Hershey-Webb: Music

Welcome to the World

(David Hershey-Webb)
July 24, 2010
David Hershey-Webb

Back in NYC, lost, defeated and heartbroken, after wanderings around the country in my 1985 Honda Civic, my good friend Maria Hinojosa asked me to write a song for the "naming ceremony" of her first child, Raul Ariel.  The assignment forced me to consider things that I felt were worth living for, things a baby would have to look forward to in this world. Writing and singing the song at Raul's naming ceremony became part of my own rebirth. Since Maria is Mexican-American and her husband German is Dominican, I put into the song many Spanish words and references to Latin American culture. Maria included the lyrics in her book "Raising Raul" (available at Amazon and a great read!) I have sung it at other baby naming ceremonies, with the lyrics tweaked to reflect the particular baby's background. Four years after writing the song my wife Amy and I were able to live the experience up close of seeing the world through a baby's eyes when our daughter Lilly was born. 

On the record I am joined by Mariachi de mi Tierra.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD, GLAD TO HAVE YOU HERE

WELCOME TO THE EARTH, WATER, FIRE AND AIR

WELCOME TO OUR LIVES, GLAD YOU CAME ALONG

MAY YOUR MIND BE WISE AND YOUR HEART BE STRONG

THROUGH YOUR EYES YOU WILL SEE

EVERYTHING THAT IS TRUE

THROUGH YOUR EYES WE WILL SEE

EVERYTHING AS IF NEW

SO MUCH TO TOUCH, TASTE, SMELL AND HEAR

TO SEE AND TO FEEL, TO MAKE YOUR OWN AND TO SHARE

 

SUNRISE, BLUE SKIES, BURGER AND FRENCH FRIES

SALSA, MERENGUE, CAFÉ CON LECHE

MINGUS, COLTRANE, RIDING ON AN AIRPLANE

BESO DE TU NOVIA, ABRAZA DE UN AMIGO

LIBROS, PAJAROS, PERROS Y GATOS

LOS MARES, LOS RIOS, EL SOL Y EL DIOS

LA LUCHA FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE AND PEACE

A SPACIOUS APARTMENT WITH A RENT CONTROL LEASE

CONVERSATION, EDUCATION, SUMMER VACATION

NERUDA Y BORGES, ARBOLES Y FLORES

BEISBOL Y FUTBOL, HANGING OUT AT THE MALL

MERCEDES SOSA, CELIA CRUZ

ROCK N’ ROLL, RHYTHYM AND BLUES

THE CANYONS AND MOUNTAINS, WATERFALLS AND FOUNTAINS

THE BEATLES AND DYLAN, JUST SITTING AND CHILLIN

LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISO, NUEVE YORK AND SANTO DOMINGO

Y MAS Y MAS Y MAS, WELCOME TO THE WORLD

BIEN VENIDO EL MUNDO, WELCOME TO THE WORLD

(GRACIAS POR LA TIERRA, GRACIAS POR EL CIELO

GRACIAS POR MIS COMPANEROS, GRACIAS POR MI ESPOSA, GRACIAS POR MI HIJA)