THE SOUL BOOK|
by Malvina Reynolds
You have been directed to look inside yourself for the meaning of life, for your soul.|
You may find nothing there.
Because the soul is not inherent. The soul is something we accumulate in the course of living.
Living means love.
How can you live if you do not create, in return for the sustenance you need?
The valid community is mutually supporting.
I believe that a new community is happening.|
It is smothered many times by the Establishment, but it is bound to grow again.
Conversation is thinking in its natural state.
Words distinguish us from the blessed beasts.
Being is the process of becoming.
The soul is not an inner pearl.
©1967 by Schroder Music Co.
Malvina wrote this in 1967, asked me to put it into calligraphy, and made it into a tiny booklet which she handed out at concerts. After she died, I edited it for sexist language (in self-defence--someone else had done it awkwardly). Pete Seeger used my version in his Sing Out! column and wrote to me a few years ago urging me to re-issue the booklet. I didn't want to re-do the calligraphy because I didn't know how the booklet could be used. I hope putting it on the Web will bring it to a new audience. Please feel free to copy and pass it on if you like it. --Nancy Schimmel.