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Welcome to Music Friday when we often bring you uplifting songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Canadian recording artist Kelita performs “Tears,” an inspirational song about inner healing and overcoming adversity.
In this song, Kelita compares herself to a sparrow with broken wings. But, instead of accepting her fate of never being able to “fly,” she describes how the Holy One will take away the pain by cradling her teardrops in His hand and transforming them into precious stones.
She sings, “Shimmering diamonds, rubies of red / Bright as the blood that my dear Savior shed / Emeralds of green, sapphires of blue / He’ll take away your teardrops / Turn them into jewels.”
“Tears” first appeared in 2000 on Kelita’s Naked Soul album, a work that earned her a nomination for a Juno Award (Canada’s version of a Grammy) for Best Gospel Album. Kelita also included the song as the final track of her Heart of a Woman album in 2010.
Born Kelita Haverland in Alberta, Canada, the singer/songwriter/actress/comedian draws her strength from having overcome a series of seemingly insurmountable life challenges. As a child, she suffered physical abuse at the hands of a sibling. Her alcoholic father committed suicide and then her mother died from cancer. Her abusive sibling later died from a heroin overdose, and Kelita nearly lost her own life in a terrible auto accident.
Kelita’s official website explains that the artist writes, sings and speaks what is gleaned from her own life experiences. From a relentless life of tragedy to triumph, the lessons are shared with a transparency and honesty that engages, encourages and inspires. Her ability to touch and penetrate the hearts of audiences is what drives her success.
Kelita helped launch the career of an aspiring 19-year-old singer name Eilleen (Shania) Twain. The teenager from Timmins, Ontario, sang backup on Kelita’s hit song, “Too Hot to Handle.” Twain has gone on to become one of the best-selling artists of all time with more than 100 million records sold worldwide.
Please check out the audio clip of Kelita singing “Tears.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…
“Tears”Written and performed by Kelita Haverland.
Tiny little sparrow fell from the treeSometimes I feel that little wounded sparrow is meTiny broken wings that never will flyI wonder does her little heart know how to cry
Does her heart know how to cryAre her tears gently falling insideCrying tears she’s been trying to hideDoes her heart know how to cry like mine
Warm velvet words poured like sweet honey from his tongueUntil tonight I’d never heard the Holy oneHe said that he would cradle every teardrop in His handHe’d take away the pain and turn them into precious gems
Jesus knows the tears that you’ve criedAnd he has seen them falling insideCrying tears you’ve been trying to hideJesus knows the tears that you’ve cried like mine
Shimmering diamonds, rubies of redBright as the blood that my dear Savior shedEmeralds of green, sapphires of blueHe’ll take away your teardropsTurn them into jewels
Jesus knows the tears that you’ve criedAnd he has seen them falling insideCrying tears you’ve been trying to hideJesus knows, Jesus knows, Jesus knows the tears that you’ve cried like mine
Credit: Promotional image via kelita.com.