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Sapphire Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:12 PM
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Don't Laugh at Me
Don't Laugh at Me: http://www.operationrespectct.org/song.htm (Sung by Peter, Paul & Mary)

Operation Respect: http://www.dontlaugh.org /

'What's in a Song?': Don't Laugh: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=41... (An NPR audio clip w/Steve Seskin (the song co-writer))

Don't Laugh at Me

I'm a little boy with glasses, the one they call a "geek"
A little girl who never smiles cuz I got braces on my teeth
And I know how it feels to cry myself to sleep

I'm that kid on every playground whos always chosen last
A single teenage mother tryin' to overcome my past
You don't have to be my friend but is it too much to ask

Don't laugh at me; don't call me names
Don't get your pleasure from my pain
In God's eyes we're all the same
Some day we'll all have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me

I'm the beggar on the corner
Youve passed me on the street
I wouldn't be out here begging if I had enough to eat
And don't think I don't notice that our eyes never meet

Don't laugh at me; don't call me names
Don't get your pleasure from my pain
In God's eyes we're all the same
Some day we'll all have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me

I'm Fat. I'm Thin. Im Short. I'm Tall. I'm Deaf. I'm Blind.
Hey aren't we all?
Don't laugh at me; dont call me names
Don't get your pleasure from my pain
In God's eyes we're all the same
Some day we'll all have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me

Dont laugh at me

Written by
Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin
Sung by
Peter, Paul & Mary

http://www.operationrespectct.org/song.htm



This is from Robert Fulghum's book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten...

In the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific some villagers practice a unique form of logging. If a tree is too large to be felled with an ax, the natives cut it down by yelling at it. (Can't lay my hands on the article, but I swear I read it.) Woodsmen with special powers creep up on a tree just at dawn and suddenly scream at it at the top of their lungs. They continue this for thirty days. The tree dies and falls over. The theory is that the hollering kills the spirit of the tree. According to the villagers, it always works.

Ah, those poor naive innocents. Such quaintly charming habits of the jungle. Screaming at trees, indeed. How primitive. Too bad they don't have the advantages of modern technology and the scientific mind.

Me? I yell at my wife. And yell at the telephone and the lawnmower. And yell at the TV and the newspaper and my children. I've even been known to shake my fist and yell at the sky at times.

(snip)

Don't know what good it does. Machines and things just sit there. Even kicking doesn't always help. As for people, well, the Solomon Islanders may have a point. Yelling at living things does tend to kill the spirit in them. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts...



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