Our Lives at Stake

When tragedy strikes, priorities change. This song just tumbled out the week of the Philando Castile and Dallas Police shootings in July. It's not on my record and by all recommendations I shouldn't be releasing it right now, but our country needs healing, and this song is part of my attempt to begin that process in my own heart. I wrote, played, and recorded all words and music in my home studio in Nashville during July-August 2016. Harmony by Carl Anderson. Mastered by Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering. 

  • Our Lives at Stake

    What in the world is going on in my country?
    Why do we have to be on different sides?
    We all want the same world for our children;
    we all want to live happy lives.

    Looking out at the world
    through such a limited point of view
    such as the one you'd see
    on your television news,

    you'd be scared of your neighbor
    and they would be scared, too
    –always ready to fight anybody
    who looks different than you

    We've been through this before,
    the world at war:
    from your own front lawn to the capitol floor
    You can legislate change
    but our hearts stay the same.
    How many lives must we lose
    before we belive
    that it's our lives at stake?

    We've waited so long
    for the world to change,
    rallied around politicians
    who have made it their campaign,

    but who we put in The White House
    don't make a difference at my house
    if my neighbors and I choose
    an eye for an eye over peace