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For Us All

Words and Music © 2006 by Tom Smith
Released under a Creative Commons Noncommercial ShareAlike license
After a dozen years, in November 2006 the Democrats retook Congress. And, with fits and starts, we began to at least look at fixing our broken country.

There is still so much work to do, most of it in the areas of [a] cleaning up messes made by the fools and crooks in power and [b] taking them to task for it. These should be done boldly; the people voted to change the status quo, not maintain it. But they must be done with an eye towards justice and fairness. As much as possible, the actions of our government should be for the benefit of all Americans. This point is apparently lost on a lot of people for a lot of reasons.

I offer it as a song of hope and of healing and of reaching out to those on the other side of the political divide.

Once upon a time we were together
Once upon a time we were a team
The problems all were shared, and everybody cared
About everybody living in the dream

But something happened and we were divided
Tearing at the things that we held dear
We started calling names, we started laying blame,
We started to forget why we were here

For us all
We are the people, with the same red, white and blue
For us all
Because it's not the same if it's just me or you, it's
For us all
To bring it back to everything that we once knew,
And we do the things we do for us all

Once upon a time we had our problems
Once upon a time we did things wrong
But as one we lived and died, put our differences aside
Did our best to help each other along

But some of us were blinded by ambition,
Instead of helping out, they wanted power
The things that once were great got lost in all the hate
And they led us to the country's darkest hour

For us all
We must remember all we have to fear is fear
For us all
To be a part of us we have to volunteer
For Us All
To be together means we have to all be here
And we do the things we do for us all

Minorities aren't doing it to spite you,
The poor aren't trying to take away your wealth,
A pregnant woman doesn't want to fight you,
She's trying to take control of herself
A gay man doesn't want to wreck your marriage
He only wants to have a family
We've got so much to do that's more important
You have to open up your eyes to see

For us all
We are the people, and it's up to us to win
For us all
We must remember it's a game we all are in
For us all
It's time to heal the wounds and here's where we begin
And we do the things we do for us all

For us all
We are the people, there's so much we must undo
For us all
Because it's not the same if it's just me or you, it's
For us all
To bring it back to everything that we once knew,
And we do the things we do for us all

For us all
We are the people, with the same red, white and blue
For us all
Because it's not the same if it's just me or you, it's
For us all
To bring it back to everything that we once knew,
And we do the things we do for us all

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