When Is Someday?

Someday at Christmas, men won’t be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas, there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life’s really worth
There’ll be peace on earth

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmas time

Someday at Christmas, we’ll see a land
With no hungry children, no empty hand
One happy morning people will share
A world where people care

Someday at Christmas, there’ll be no tears
When all men are equal and none have fears
One shining moment, one prayer away
From our world today

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where people are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmas time

Someday at Christmas, man will not fail
Hate will be gone and love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where people are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmas time
Someday at Christmas time

Songwriters: Bryan Wells / Ronald Miller

Someday At Christmas lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

I love Stevie Wonder. Have for years. He’s one of the most gifted musicians and songwriters of our time, and a lifelong avatar of peace and love.

He didn’t write “Someday at Christmas”, but he sang it. Initially released as a single in 1966, it was eventually included on his album of the same name, a year later.

And this morning, I have not been able to get it out of my head.

It’s a beautiful song, one with a timeless message of peace and equality.

And the further away we get from 1966, the more we need to hear it.

As bad as times were in 1960’s America, a nation embroiled in civil unrest and a war in Vietnam, it sure seems worse now. Americans are turning against each other – race versus race, class versus class, gender versus gender, religion versus religion – with no resolution in sight.

And little or no regard for the rest of the world. Not our problem, ya know.

Someday still feels a long way off.

Aren’t you tired of waiting? I know I am.

Folks, those of us who’ve been sitting around wishing for Someday need to arrive at the realization that it ain’t ever gonna get here without our help.

Your help. My help.

Now, what you and I do to help is for each of us to determine, but let’s at least make the commitment here and now to do it.

Once I decide what it is I will do, I’ll let y’all know. And please share what you will do, as well, and let’s spur each other to action!

And if that makes me sound like a Pollyannaish dreamer, so be it. I know it’ll be tough. The opposition will be loud and violent. Those who want Someday to never happen will resist with all they have. They will definitely not go quietly.

But I believe, with our help, they will go. And love, justice and truth will prevail.

I’ll bet Stevie would rather not ever sing this song again, because Someday is finally here.

Let’s make that happen for him. And for us.

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