Song Name: endangered dream

Songwriter: Ron Poythress

Copyright: 2017

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Lyrics:

the Golden Rule
is for dreamers and fools
a rare and priceless jewel
now yellow and pale
if I choose to see
only what's good for me
then you are worthless to me
and my soul is for sale

I am a favored man
not because I'm a better man
privilege can't understand
colors of fear
born at the front of the line
I didn't see who was left behind
out of sight, out of mind
now at last I'm here

chorus:
"red and yellow, black and white
all are precious in heaven's sight"
it's the song we learned to sing
in our youth
where are all the sages now?
the wisdom of the ages now?
history's pages are pleading now
for someone like me to speak the truth

legacy of white men's greed
forced sons and daughters to bleed
for some disgraceful creed
that left a "trail of tears"
the fathers' sins of shame
passed down now bear my name
I can no longer blame
ignorance and fear

as for my own prejudice
it's time that I confess
and for my indifference
to your pain
now I know you're just like me
I know you don't look like me
anyone with a heart can see
we grieve the same

chorus:
"red and yellow, black and white
all are precious in heaven's sight"
I remember what we learned
in Sunday school
where are all the sages now?
the wisdom of the ages now?
history's pages handed down
stained with blood of dreamers and fools

bridge:
"injustice anywhere
is a threat to justice everywhere"
oh, the dreamer dared to bring
truth to power like a mighty stream
is it now an endangered dream?

greed and intolerance
breed endless violence
it simply makes no sense
this winless game
eye for an eye in time
will only leave us blind
what will it take to find
we bleed the same?

yes, I know sticks and stones
will surely break my bones
but one cruel word alone
can crush my soul
but kind and thoughtful words
may heal the deepest hurts
to put the other first
will make us whole

chorus:
"red and yellow, black and white
all are precious in heaven's sight"
remember what we learned
in Sunday school?
where are all the sages now?
the wisdom of the ages now?
history's pages are pleading now
calling all dreamers and fools
with the daring and caring to choose
the Golden Rule