It’s not just what you’re born with….

Joan was playing this song earlier this week.

The composer, Si Kahn, is a really interesting American activist, the kind you never hear about unless you go looking.  The words are very powerful:

You must know someone like him

He’s strong and tall and lean

His body like a greyhound

And his mind so sharp and keen

But his heart just like a laurel

Grew twisted on itself

‘Til almost everything he did

Brought pain to someone else

Chorus:

‘Cause it’s not just what you’re born with

It’s what you choose to bear

It’s not how much your share is

But it’s how much you can share

And it’s not the fights you’ve dreamed of

But those you really fought

It’s not just what you’re given

It’s what you do with what you’ve got

For what’s the use of two strong legs

If you only run away

And what good is the finest voice

With nothing good to say

And what good is strength and muscle

If you only push and shove

What’s the use in two good ears

If you can’t hear those you love

Chorus

Now between those who use their neighbour

And those who use a cane

Between those in constant power

And those in constant pain

Between those who run to evil

And those who cannot run

Tell me which ones are the cripples

And which ones touch the sun

Chorus

For what’s the use of two strong legs

If you only run away

And what good is the finest voice

With nothing good to say

And what good is strength and muscle

If you only push and shove

What’s the use in two good ears

If you can’t hear those you love

Chorus

… and this is a powerful version of the song by Scottish singer songwriter Dick Gaughan:

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