Have a listen to Park Eun-tae sing “A Thousand Winds.”
On the morning of 16 April 2014, the ferry MV Sewol was travelling from Incheon to Jeju in South Korea when it met with disaster. Out of 476 passengers and crew, 304 died, including around 250 students from Danwon High School.
“A Thousand Winds” has become associated with mourning this immense tragedy.
The lyrics are based on a short poem of hope by Mary Elizabeth Frye who wrote the words in 1932 to comfort a friend after the death of her friend’s mother. (There are many variations of these words around.)
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.