A Kili Rap – by “Pop$ da Top$” (aka Steve Larmey)
We Climbed Kili
Y’all we just climbed Kili
Folks back home said we were silly
Said we’d pay too big a bill
But with a big act of will
And the help of a little white pill.
Together together took step-by-step ‘til
We conquered that big ol’ icy African hill,
We won—YoungLife 35-Kilimanjaro Nil,
We pushed through trial and adversity
What sisters and brothers are made for
But with sweat, tears and blood its paid for
We trudged through ashes, dust and mud
Boots landing thud-thud
Coughing up crud
But doing it all with our newfound buds.
But whoa, remember those guides and porters?
(Moment of silence)
Those guides and porters
Did what they did for a buck and a quarter
Carrying our burdens, fetchin’ our water
Gate to gate, border border
Teachin’ us more than that big mountain did
About how to serve and to love and to live
How to work ‘til it hurts and to give, give and give
Lord for my selfishness please please forgive.
But let’s give props where props are due
To our leader Drew
The Mountain Man how-to
Told us what to do
What to wear
From our hats to our underwear, gloves and shoes
Couldn’t have done it without you
Our big floppy hats we take off to you
But to whom did we really turn
When the climb was too tough
Or the trail was too rough
And our legs and our knees and our backs had enough?
Who was our real go-to
When we had no O2?
I think you know Who…
Our side-of-the-head whoppin’
Sunrise and sunset eye-poppin’
Baranco Wall hoppin’
Barafu wind stoppin’
19,000 foot mountain toppin’
Creator Savior God
Have you not heard?
Do you not see?
Yes Lord we see—we are not blind
And with knees and hearts bowed low we thank you for this climb
And for these brothers and sisters whose hearts with ours you’ve entwined
One more time Lord we say Thank You, Thank you for this climb