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Human Dignity
Out Of The Woodwork
1983 by Gary E. Andrews
All Right Reserved for the Globe


Chords:
G 32OOO3
C/G bass 332O1O
A XO222O
Em O22OOO

The statue of liberty,
Put down her torch to call,
Feed my hungry children.
They're the neediest kids of all.
It brought tears, To my eyes.
It hit me hard and I had to think twice about it.

In this land of opportunity,
You can stand or fall,
Be a pillar of the community,
Or a killer behind four walls.
It makes a great difference to me,
And when you're old enough to see,
I hope you'll think, Think about it.

(Chorus)
'Cause down in New Zealand,
Up in Montreal,
In the former Soviet Union, Yes,
And in Montezuma's halls,
There are people still longing for the standard of living,
Only some of us enjoy,
Simple Human Dignity.
The right of every man, woman, girl and boy.

Abe Lincoln and Diogenes,
Were sitting on a bench in the park.
Abe said, "Di, did you find anybody,
After all those years in the dark?"
Di said, "Abe, you're the only one,
And sometimes you worry me."
Abe said, "Son, don't worry 'bout the past.
Take a look at what's about to be.

Down in New Mexico.
Up in Minneapolis, St. Paul.
Over in San Diego,
And in Niagara Falls,
There are people still longing' for the standard of living,
Only some of us enjoy.
Simple Human Dignity.
The right of every man, woman, girl and boy.

There's a farmer in Soviet Georgia,
Like the one near St. Louis, M-O.
It's a long, hot, hard, and dirty job,
But when the sun comes up they get up and go.
They grow the food that feeds the world.
All they want is an honest dollar.
They squeeze 'em at the bank and at the marketplace.
Is it any wonder that they holler?

Down in New Zealand,
Up in Minneapolis-St. Paul
In the former Soviet Union, Yes,
And in Niagara Falls,
There are people still longing for the standard of living,
Only some of us enjoy,
Simple Human Dignity.
The right of every man, woman, girl and boy.

There are men who make decisions,
Who can live and who must die.
They're willing to kill, and cheat and steal,
So ya know, They're willing to lie.

(Repeat First Chorus)


More Info...
Human Dignity 1983 by Gary E. Andrews. All Rights Reserved For The World.

An anthem. In the 20th century the Statue of LIberty Enlightening The World, a gift from the French people to the American people, was refurbished. The torch she holds aloft was lowered to the ground for its repair. I'd use footage of that if I could make a video of this song.

Abe Lincoln had a reputation for honesty. He wouldn't take your case, as a lawyer, if you were guilty. Guilty men learned not to ask him because, if he refused their case, everyone knew. Diogenes, I think (I hope, or his part in the song doesn't work) was the guy who walked around Rome with a lantern in the daytime. When asked why he explained, "I'm looking for an honest man!" So, in the song, Abe asks him if he found anybody, and Diogenes says Abe is "...the only one, and sometimes YOU worry me."
I got that idea from seeing the fascists try to claim Abe as one of their own when, in reality, he wouldn't take their case.

And the idea that only some American citizens enjoy America's promise of a high quality-of-life, a standard-of-living superior to much of the world, seemed worthy of comment too.