The Eternal Flame in Philadelphia's Washington Square Park is a lovely but relatively discrete memorial to three thousand revolutionary soldiers (as well as early colonists and freed slaves) buried anonymously at the Park. Even thought the flame burns night and day, its often unnoticed by the professionals who read their papers on nearby benches, the families picnicking on the lawn and others rushing through the square on their way to get a latte. Surrounded by beautiful sky rise office buildings and condominiums, and only a couple blocks from the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall, Marion was struck by that juxtaposition - the reality that many who walk across this sacred space have no idea of the thousands buried below - their sacrifice for our country lost to time, as many things are, has been lost over time.
V1 - There is a flame that burns night and day, in a quiet park where children play. That flame reminds us that buried below are soldiers who died for us long ago. So I take a moment and cry for all the lost things in life, then I take a moment and pray I won't end up like that one day.
V2 - There was a flame that burned in my heart, you set it afire right from the start. But now that flame has burned to ash, The things that burn so hot never last. So I take a moment and cry for all the lost things in life - Then I take a moment and pray I won't be hurt again this way.
Break - But if my prayers would make it so, I'd pray my love would never go. I'd pray there'd be an end to war, but prayers don't work for me anymore. So I'll take a moment and cry for all the lost things in life. Then I'll take a moment and pray, I'll find my faith again some day- I'll find my faith . . again.
V3 - There was a flame that tore 'cross the sky, it chased the darkness out of the night. For a moment I thought I saw God, but when the dark returned, I knew God was gone - So I take a moment and cry for all the lost things in life. Then I take a moment and pray I'll see that flame again one day.I'll see that flame again one day - I'll see the flame, I'll see that flame, I'll see that flame again . . . one day.