Kurt Bestor’s “Prayer of the Children”

During the encore of the Three Dog Night concert on July 18, the band sang an a cappella version of Kurt Bestor’s piece titled “The Prayer of the Children.” Below are the lyrics.

Can you hear the prayer of the children?

On bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room

Empty eyes with no more tears to cry

Turning heavenward toward the light


Will someone help me

To see the morning light of one more day

But if I should die before I wake,

I pray my soul to take


Can you feel the hearts of the children?

Aching for home, for something on their very own

Reaching hands, with nothing to hold on to,

But hope for a better day a better day


Will someone help me

To feel the love again in my own land

But if unknown roads lead away from home,

Give me loving arms, away from harm


Can you hear the voice of the children?

Softly pleading for silence in a shattered world?

Angry guns send the message full of hate,

Blood of the innocent on their hands


Will someone help me

To feel the sun again upon my face,

For when darkness clears then someone’s near,

Bringing peace again


Can you hear the prayer of the children?

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