Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot

Today, I had the gift of an online visit with some deeply soulful men who are close to me and essential in my life. It felt good to spend time together and share our life experiences, words of sorrow, hope, joy; many feelings, and much compassion. The gathering brought me near to these men in a way that isolation and distance cannot defeat. Many of us have been gathering more often since the coronavirus isolation began, and I hope we will maintain this in some form after social distancing ends and geographical distance returns.

I didn’t have a lot to share today, though I received much from what I saw, heard and felt from these beautiful souls.

After the meetup ended, I sat down to forward some items we were discussing. While at my computer, today’s song, “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot,” came into my thoughts, and it felt like the perfect ‘anthem’ to the morning’s gathering. 

It is a beautiful song, with an incredible chorus backing up Sting’s lead vocal. It’s easy to weep when Sting shares his hopes and wishes as he nears the end of the song:

“Let your pain be my sorrow
Let your tears be my tears too
Let your courage be my model
That the north you find will be true
When there’s no information
And the compass turns to nowhere that you know well

Let your soul be your pilot
Let your soul guide you
Let your soul guide you
Let your soul guide you upon your way…”

(from “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot,” by Gordon Sumner, aka Sting)

The track comes from Mercury Falling (1996), an introspective collection that sometimes makes me think of the difficulties I’ve been through in my life. Like much of the album, today’s song injects the same sort of hopefulness I’ve worked hard to keep in my life through dark times, and which permeated our group’s discussions today.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and I hope you enjoy it.

Here’s the official video for the song from Sting’s YouTube channel: (At four minutes, thirty seconds, the video is over two minutes shorter than the album version.)

And, the album version, with lyrics, though some are not easy to read (not an official video):

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