Country Cares-Songs about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (part 2)

Country artist John Rich (yes, half of the duo Big & Rich) is an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  In 2011 he released an e.p. with the proceeds of its sales going to the hospital.  There are two songs on that ep that never fail to bring me to tears.  In part one of this post I included the video and lyrics from For The Kids.  It’s an amazing song about why St. Jude exists.

This one is about one family.

John Rich-“Where Angels Hang Around”

A hundred miles out of Little Rock

Windshield full of rain
I-40 eastbound drivin’ while I pray
She’s asleep in the backseat
Holdin’ tight to her teddy bear
She’s got her daddy’s smile and her momma’s hair
And one word knocked our lives off track
Just one word keeps us comin’ back

Across the Mississippi
A mile or two from Beale Street
Not too far from Graceland
Where the king of rock and roll sleeps
To a place for children
Where God sends his mercy rainin’ down
In the heart of Memphis
Where angels hang around

All the deals that I made with God
The conversations that we’ve had
Tryin’ to accept the things I could not understand
I wanna walk her down the aisle
While those church bells ring
See her get the chance
To live all her dreams
But one word knocked our lives off track
Just one word keeps us comin’ back

Across the Mississippi
A mile or two from Beale Street
Not too far from Graceland
Where the king of rock and roll sleeps
To a place for children
Where God sends his mercy rainin’ down
In the heart of Memphis
Where angels hang around

So sleep tight baby while these four wheels roll
’Cause just beyond the clouds there’s a ray of hope

It’s a place for children
Where God sends his mercy rainin’ down
In the heart of Memphis
Where angels hang around

When people think of Memphis they think of Elvis, Beale Street, bar-be-que.  But the real heart of the city sits right next to the highway.  It stands big and tall and beautiful.  It’s campus is bright and colorful and inviting.  It looks like a haven of relaxation, a vacation destination, a good place to throw down a blanket and lay down under the warm sun with a book.  It doesn’t look like a hospital.  It looks like a place to enjoy life, and that is exactly what the hospital does.  Children and their families are given the opportunity to grab life and live it to the fullest.

The hospital was not opened to make doctors or some healthcare conglomerate rich.  It was opened on February 4, 1962 to treat, and hopefully one day eradicate, cancer.  Danny Thomas opened the original little 5-wing hospital for the kids.  Because of, and based predominantly on, donations from people around the world St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has grown to a huge campus that never closes.  Research is able to continue because people like you believe in Danny Thomas’ dream as much as he did.

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