“This is a song of reconciliation between children and their parents—between friends. And it’s even a song of reconciliation for nations.”
– Michael Franti introducing Never Too Late in the Live in Sydney DVD
If some of you find the way he phrases his lyric about not fearing our fathers a bit peculiar, please consider that Michael’s step-father was an alcoholic. And now Michael is overcoming that and the other junk, trying to lead all of us into reconciliation! This is a beautiful, incredible human being, y’all—even if we’re not all on the same page spiritually, yet. We’re heading there : )
At the end of the Sydney concert, Spearhead’s bass player, Carl Young, says this to the audience about Michael.
“You know, you got to give it up to this big man who stands about 6-foot-6 above sea-level. And you know he grabs this microphone to take us to another mental level. The big man that always takes a big stand. From San Francisco, California, give it up for Mr. Michael Franti!”
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A252wpIn7J4]Live from the TLA 10/3/07 Philadelphia, PA
Don’t fear your best friends,
because a best friend will
never try to do you wrong.
And don’t fear your worst friends,
because a worst friend is just a best friend
that has done you wrong. …
And it’s never too late to start the day over
It’s never too late to pick up the phone
(pick up the phone and call me)
It’s never too late to lay your
head down on my shoulders
It’s never too late to come on home,
come on home
3 thoughts on “Michael Franti: “It’s Never Too Late” — A Song of Reconciliation”
Great track…..great artist….my only real complaint about this song is the lyric that says, “don’t be a horse race, be a marathon.” I honestly found that line to be just a little too weird.
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Regarding the “six foot six above sea level” quote that Carl Young says on the “Live in Sydney” DVD, that’s actually a lyric from a song of Mike’s called “Listener Supported,” off the “Stay Human” album……another disc I’ve reviewed on my sites. 😀
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And I think Michael Franti is saying we should be patient, in it for the long haul. We shouldn’t give up if we don’t see results right away.
“And don’t fear to walk slow, don’t be a horse race; be a marathon.
And don’t fear the long road, because on the long road you got a long time to sing a simple song.”
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