Song of the Day #3,333: ‘Wonder’ – Natalie Merchant

Today marks a numerical milestone for the blog: my 3,333rd post. The occasion prompted me to go back and look at the 1,111th and 2,222nd posts.

Song of the Day #1,111 was Christina Aguilera’s ‘Hurt’ and came during a week in which I wrote about each of The Voice‘s judges during its inaugural season (way back in 2011). Too bad that post didn’t fall on November 11, or it could have been Song #1,111 on 11/11/11.

Song of the Day #2,222 was one of my favorites, ‘Hero’ by Family of the Year. That post came at the end of a week in August, 2014, in which I counted down my favorite films of the year so far. That was a great year for movies. My #5 was Guardians of the Galaxy, #4 was The Grand Budapest Hotel, #3 was The LEGO Movie and #2 was Chef.

And at #1 was Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the movie featuring that day’s SOTD. It remained by #1 all year and might even hold that spot for the decade to date (there’s a list I need to make).

As for Song of the Day #3,333, this is the first milestone to fall on a Random Weekend, so not much to explain here. ‘Wonder’ is a lovely Natalie Merchant track about special needs children. It appeared on her more than solid 1995 release Tigerlily.

[Verse 1]
Doctors have come from distant cities
Just to see me
Stand over my bed
Disbelieving what they’re seeing
They say I must be one of the wonders
Of God’s own creation
And as far as they can see they can offer
No explanation
Newspapers ask intimate questions
Want confessions
They reach into my head
To steal the glory of my story
They say I must be one of the wonders
Of god’s own creation
And as far as they can see they can offer
No explanation

[Chorus]
Oh, I believe
Fate smiled and destiny
Laughed as she came to my cradle
Know this child will be able
Laughed as my body she lifted
Know this child will be gifted
With love, with patience and with faith
She’ll make her way

[Verse 2]
People see me
I’m a challenge to your balance
I’m over your heads
How I confound you and astound you
To know I must be one of the wonders
Of God’s own creation
And as far as you can see you can offer me
No explanation

[Chorus]
Oh, I believe
Fate smiled and destiny
Laughed as she came to my cradle
Know this child will be able
Laughed as she came to my mother
Know this child will not suffer
Laughed as my body she lifted
Know this child will be gifted
With love, with patience and with faith
She’ll make her way

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,333: ‘Wonder’ – Natalie Merchant

  1. Dana says:

    I think a case could have been made to include Merchant in your contest, particularly if 10,000 Maniacs were included.

  2. Amy says:

    Wow!!!! What a milestone. Might have to head over to the casino and bet on some variations of the number 3.

    As much as I love the handful of Merchants songs that I know (“These Are Days” above all others), I had never reflected on today’s SOTD. I’m curious if it inspired the YA novel of the same name that will soon be released as a film starring a Owen Wilson and Juloa Roberts about a boy with Treacher Collins syndrome (yes, I just looked that up! ;).
    The trailer for that film gets me every time. Would be sort of lovely if Merchants song popped up at some point in it.

    Congrats on the big 3333! šŸ™‚

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