Still Beautiful by Vanaka

The community of Santa Barbara is still reeling from last weekend’s gun violence in Isla Vista. This video was brought to my attention by Goleta resident Barbara Urbonas. The song “Still Beautiful” was written for the songwriter’s 10-year-old son in response to the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. It is written and performed by Santa Barbara music group Vanaka (which means Gratitude), and is shot at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara.

Lyrics:

Yesterday your eyes were filled with the sky,
And now you say you feel hollow inside.
Such sadness – we wonder why
So much madness we find in mankind.

In this world of sun and shadow,
Can’t know joy without sorrow.
Keep your faith, your soul is safe,
Look for the love in every face.

And lead from the place inside
That knows how to follow the light.
Look for the love, trust the love that lives within
As you let love lead.

In this world, still beautiful
With all its suffering and all its pain,
What we have is held more precious
When we see how fast it can change.

In your eyes I can see your heart –
Light and beauty, no shadow can touch.
Hold a hand when you’re afraid,
And when you feel brave, do the same

And lead from the place inside
That knows how to follow the light.
Look for the love, trust the love that lives within
As you let love lead.

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