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Orangeburg, city of flowers

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM

We met some beautiful flowers (i.e. people who exude the fragrances of love, humility and service) yesterday in historic Orangeburg. I found out that the city was originally named after William IV, Prince of Orange. Their website has lovely shades of orange, brown and green - my grandmother's favorite colors. Orangeburg is known throughout the South for their Festival of Roses. See 

Bad news is: we did not take any photographs. The good news is: I wrote down some of the lyrics that the friends recalled for the keywords RIVER and FLOWER. Here they are.

"Everybody wants to go to Heaven" by Louis P. Perry (1983)

Ev'rybody want to cross the Jordan [river] to that mansion in the sky.

I said, "Ev'rybody wants to go to Heaven,

But nobody wants to die!"

I found a video here:

with the Lighthouse Quartet singing this song (fourth video down).

"We are the Flowers of God's Garden" by Phyllis J Day

We are the Flowers of God's garden,

Bright as the morning sun, fresh as the dawn

Lovely in differences, varied in loveliness,

We are the flowers of humanity.

I couldn't find a good video with this song. Mrs Day is also the author of The Singing Wind. I made a video of that:

And then there's the classic gospel song "Down by the Riverside" aka "Ain't Gonna Study War No More". I was surprised to see how many singers had recorded this song, inlcuding Nat King Cole. Elvis Presley, Pete Seeger and Van Morrison. Here's a video with Mahalia Jackson singing on the Nat King Cole show:


NikiD/Heart to Heart

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Reply Niki
12:58 PM on August 11, 2014 
PS. I also learned about the Yo Mama Theatre Company and their Story Slam which will take place at the historic Bluebird Theatre in Orangeburg next month.