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With Everything Changing

There stood an old man,
Tears filling his eyes.
They were tearing the courthouse down
And he was saying good-bye.

With ev’rything changing,
Does anything stay the same —
A hope you can cling to,
Someone who needs you,
A love that can lead you everyday?

There goes a young man,
He’s walking alone,
No place to look back to,
He’s gotta go on.


For ev’ry ending is just a beginning you know,
And good-bye is just hello, don’t you know.

Go, talk to the old man,
Help him understand.
Walk by the young man’s side,
And lend him a hand.


What Color Is God’s Skin?

“Good-night” I said to my little son
So tired out when the day was done.
Then he said as I tucked him in
“Tell me Daddy what color’s God’s skin?”

What color is God’s skin?
I said it’s black brown it’s yellow
It is red it is white.
Ev’ry man’s the same in the good Lord’s sight.”

He looked at me with his shining eyes
I knew I could tell no lies
When he said Daddy why do the diff’rent races fight
If we’re the same in the good Lord’s sight?”

What color is God’s skin?… etc.

Son that’s part of our suffering past
But the whole human family is learning at last
That the thing we missed on the road we trod
Is to walk as the daughters and the sons of God.”

What color is God’s skin?… etc.

Up With People!

It happened just this morning, I was walking down the street,
The milkman and the postman and policeman I did meet.
There in ev’ry window and ev’ry single door,
I recognized people I’d never noticed before.

Up! Up with people!
You meet ‘em wherever you go,
Up! Up with People!
They’re the best kind of folks we know.
If more people were for people,
All people ev’rywhere,
There’d be a lot less people to worry about,
And a lot more people who care.

People from the south-land and people from the north,
Like a mighty army, I saw them coming forth.
‘Twas a great reunion, befitting of a king!
Then I realized people were more important than things.

Up! Up with people!… etc.

Shine On, Shine Man

See a man standin’ there with a smile and a rag and he’s waitin’ just for you.
Ev’rybody comes from miles around just to see what he can do.
He sets you down, puts your foot up, pops a boot-black ready to go.
You can close your eyes and listen,
Listen to the shine man go.

Shine man (x 3)
Shine on, shine man (x 2)
Shine man

Left his home with a rag and a shoe box and he’s just thirteen or so.
He can tell you more about folks and things than anybody else I know.
Elbows flyin’ and a rag a-poppin’, that beat comin’ over you,
‘Cross the way another shine man is getting’ his licks in too
And it sounds like this:

Shine man … etc.

Let All The People In

Let all the people in, let all of the people in.

Let the rays of sun get to you,
Let the storm of life blow through you

Let all the people in, let all of the people in.

Let the children come to ask you
Let their questions even guide you

Let all the people in, let all of the people in.

Now let the people find their destiny
Let me do my work but lord, please teach me.

Let all the people in, let all of the people in.

Let the cry of violence die now,
Let the dove of peace fly high now,

Let all the people in, let all of the people in.