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Tuesday, 11 May 2021 07:00

Songs I Love #2 - Freight

 2021.31.Songs I love 2 train

I am definitely a fan of musicals – one of my favourites is Starlight Express. In a nutshell, the plot centres around a whole heap of trains that are going to compete in a race. Each of them take a turn to tell their story through song. Whilst I love it all, the song that I want to share about today is called Freight. It features the freight trains and the coaches, who are arguing about whether it is better to carry cargo or passengers.

Both the freight trains and the passenger trains sing passionately about what they were made to do, recognising their unique purpose and their gifts, so to speak. The freight trains tell us,

Freight is great

Freight is great

We carry weight 'cos we are freight

And freight is great.

Freight is great

Freight is great

We never make a fuss. We got the goods on us.

We take the loads from off the roads

And freight is great.

only to have the passenger trains respond with

 

Couldn't stand gravel and sand,

Being ignored, no-one aboard,

Nodoby complaining we were late again.

I should hate carrying freight, nobody living in me.

Got to be a living, breathing passenger train.

 So what does this have to do with anything (besides my love of musicals)? I think there is a deeper truth in this song that we can apply to our own lives. The freight trains are convinced that that is the best way to be a train, singing of the value they bring by carrying cargo, and difference this makes. Equally, the coaches are convinced that carrying passengers is the best way to be a train, making the point that it is a living and breathing way to be a train.

Each of us – like the freight trains and the coaches – are called to know our purpose and to passionately proclaim it with joy and conviction. God calls each one of us to know and love who we are in him – and to grow in discovering the way we can live this in a way that is transforming for ourselves and the world around us.

It is probably important to say that there is also a key difference between us and the trains. In the song, they are rather competitive and seemingly unable to value the gift of the other, instead we are called to value and honour the purpose of passion of others as well as our own.

Check out the song here: Starlight Express- Freight - YouTube

Mel Edwards