Peace On The Earth

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a bright beginning to 2011.

This past December I was messing around with some of my music production gear and came up with a musical idea that quickly evolved into a song over the course of a few days. I am not sure how it happened, but this type of thing does happen every once in a while. A spark and then a flame and then a fire. Then a sense of urgency to complete the thing. This particular time around it became a song called “Peace On The Earth”. Like I said, it started out as a musical idea, not more than a groove, really. Then the next morning, words started forming, and they were about taking a stand against injustice, violence, and war. And then the chorus came and it was obvious: “Peace On The Earth”. I felt compelled to get this out to the world before Christmas, which I did by a few days.

I wasn’t entirely happy with the words, so I called up my old friend and collaborator Scott Burnett to help out. I then had him put a guitar solo on the recording. I asked him to play as if this was the last guitar solo on earth. And he played with the reckless abandon I was looking for! Later that week, the gospel choir at his church got together for their weekly rehearsal, and I got permission to have them record a few refrains of the chorus. This I mixed in to the last three sections of the chorus to give it this big sound. All in all, this is a powerful song.

My wife Merrilyn and I put together the video, which became a further evolution of the song. The result? This song is a call for an end to genocide. I recently read a novel where the character went to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. It made me think of all the other museums scattered around the globe remembering the atrocities that occurred there. Is it possible to imagine a world where not one more such memorial needs to be built?

There is more than just one type of genocide, of course. Wholesale murder of people deemed expendable due to race, class, national, or religious differences is one thing. But there are many other injustices where people are denied opportunity, land, basic food and shelter, a voice.

I am not sure why this song happened to me. And I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do about it. I know that I have to do something. So I start with something simple: Pray for peace.

Enough said, here is the YouTube video. Below are the words. I hope you are moved by it.

Break the silence
Confront the madness
Make the voice of reason heard

Crush the hatred
with ruthless kindness
Let your love be the last word

Peace on the Earth
Peace on the Earth

Stop the violence
of cold indifference
Too much goes on that we allow

Pierce the darkness
with fierce compassion
Beat the drum of justice NOW!

Peace on the Earth
Peace on the Earth


Music by Kelly Carpenter. Words by Kelly Carpenter and Scott Burnett.
© 2010 KelSongs / Kelly Carpenter Music (ASCAP) / Scott A. Burnett. All rights reserved.



Filed under Art, Life

4 responses to “Peace On The Earth

  1. So relieved that “stop OF the violence” is a typo. I thought you might have eaten of the bread and drank of the cup one too many times!

    Great song, and really good video too – did you put that together?

    Like the pitched down vocals especially when they mixed with the choir at the end.

    • Hi Matt,

      Thanks for alerting me to my typos, will fix presently. That means they’re there on my song site as well. Oops.

      Thanks for the kudos. Yes, I have delved into the world of Final Cut Express.

      What do you mean by “pitched down”?

      Take care,


      • The Peace on UUUURRRRR–UUUUURRRRRTTTHHH sounds like it has pitch shift on it/is slowed down.

        Please don’t tell me that’s your normal singing voice, I will be so embarressed for commenting!

        BTW – I love your OTHER song and have sung it many times.

  2. Hi Matt,

    No, that’s me. It’s just that I tripled tracked my vocal with one more track emphasizing the word “Earth” so it would be heard. Perhaps that’s what you’re hearing. It may just be an artifact of the process.


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