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One Person (What Can I Do?)

Appears on Album: 50th Anniversary Album A Song For The World

Writing Credits: Words & Music by: Rod Wilson, Eric Lentz, Michael Bowerman, Paul & Ralph Colwell, Herb Allen, Carmen Harrell & Angel Cortes

Writer’s Notes: Written at the Brown Palace in Denver, CO, the creation of this song brought together the musical founders of UWP with the new writing team. A powerful closing statement, and the first ‘finale’ song written in the new era of UWP.

One Person (What Can I Do?)

Someone once told me history’s always repeating.
Deep down I can’t believe that’s true.
‘cause I’m still young I’m dreaming and I’m learning
and I’m hoping I can’t stop hoping.

I saw a young girl feeding her little brother
Her last scrap of food on a far off roadside.
And I thought of the millions of others just like her but
What can I do what can I do?

Sometimes the faces overtake me
Emotions fall on me like rain.
You can’t stop time or hold back the tide and
You can’t move a mountain. Can anybody ever stop the pain?

Woah, what can I do?
I’m just one person … one person.
Woah, what can I do?
I’m just one person same as you.

Could there be a time of peace an age of mercy
Beyond the promises that lie in the dust.
Beyond all the borders and lines that divide us
Could it be now? Find a way now.

How can we fix a world that’s broken
Pull together what’s been torn apart?
Someone has to make a stand so just look in the mirror
It starts inside a solitary heart.


We’ve seen walls tumble down seen chains fall as freedom sings.
Because one person stood and answered the question:
What can I do? What can I do?”


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