From Lydia Butler:
This song has always lifted my spirits. The words have always been a touchstone for me when I’m upset. “Take a sad song, and make it better”: how hopeful is that? It became even more of a beacon of light in the darkness right after September 11. My high school has “open mic” days, where students can display talents of all kind. Right after 9/11, one of the student bands played “Hey Jude.” By the end of it, we were all on our feet, singing along. It’s the one moment that I felt a part of a community that wasn’t related to the Episcopal diocese. I felt hope, standing there with my fellow students, all of us singing at the top of our lungs. It was incredibly awesome.
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