Seeds of Love
(for Jimmy Carter)  
 

Seeds of Love (for Jimmy Carter) © Michael Tomlinson

From old Savannah you can drive two hundred miles
Or from Atlanta just about two hours time
To the plains where I was born
Where my daddy had a farm, the year of 1924

There’s not an acre any sweeter on this earth
Thank the land we ran barefoot in every summer
Me and A.D. had it all
We’d walk the rails and we’d never fall
We lived our boyhoods in the Georgia sun

For years I’d dream upon the gleaming silver tracks
With the Seaboard Airline Railroad winding past
It seemed to beckon unto me like falling rain to the fertile land
I knew one day I’d be a traveling man

And the train rolled right past our front door
Chugging like a dream a young farm boy could not ignore
Blow like wind across the prairie to the sea
Calling to the young boy and the old man in me

I great up and I became a Navy man
Then I asked my lovely Rosalyn for her hand
Of all the luck I ever had and every blessing that has been
She’s the truest one, oh, my gentle loving friend
I’d live it all with you if I could again

From that summer day in Plains we said I do
There was a road that knew my name and calling too
First the mansion of the governor, then the house of gleaming white           
A light on Pennsylvania Avenue

I remember waking up on that first day
I looked around the very house where Lincoln stayed
Then I turned to my sweet Rosalyn, for we knew each other’s mind
How could God dream for us such a life?

And the train rolled right past our front door
Chugging like a dream a young farm boy could not ignore
Blow like wind across the prairie to the sea
Calling to the young boy and the old man in me
Calling to the young boy and the old man in me

Now, over thirty years I’m blessed to live this way
Around the world they open doors and call my name
Build a home for some cold family, or a bridge in the Middle East
The work is never done, but we cannot give up on peace
Take another breath my friends, ‘cause here we go again

Children, sow the seeds of love in all you do
You never will regret a life that love runs through
Put no walls around your heart, let no one tell you who you are
It’ll all unfold, all inside you that is gold
And all your mysteries that you think you want to know
Will make you smile one day, when you’re growing old

And the train rolled right past our front door
Chugging like a dream a young farm boy could not ignore
Blow like wind across the prairie to the sea
Calling to the young boy and the old man in me

And the train rolled right past our front door
Chugging like a dream a Georgia farm boy could not ignore
Blow like wind across the prairie to the sea
Calling to the young boy and the old man in me
Calling to the young boy and the old man in me

 
I wrote this song for President Jimmy Carter, to whom I am so grateful for his and Rosalyn’s decades of giving love and hard work and tireless dedication to the people of this world who need a kind hand and a strong advocate. I wrote this for a tribute which was being held in his honor in Atlanta. The writing of it was emotional and deeply compelling to me and I am so very pleased with the outcome. At concerts all over the country I have sang this in the last few years and told the story and been so moved by the reactions of people who appreciate him. To my great surprise, Jimmy wrote me a beautiful, personal letter of thanks after hearing it.
 
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