[Em]I hear America singing today.
[Em]So different from times long ago
[G]When the goal was merely survival
All the while [G]building from the good that we know.
[Em]Society less intermingled, and
[Em]Equality nowhere in sight.
[G]The hopes for all were for betterment,
[G]And to improve whatever our plight.
[Em]Oh but today, it’s a life of emotions
[Em]That stretch us from laughter to tears.
[G]One day on the steps of greatness,
[G]And the next it’s the worse of our fears.
[Em]Hate seems to spread like a wildfire that
[Em]Makes gulfs that are wide and are deep,
[G]And that quenches all hope of achieving
[G]Any tomorrow we’re hoping to seek.
[Em]I can’t change the views of the people
[Em]Who refuse to let their views change.
[G]I’m doing well if I only manage
[G]To keep away from all this strange
[Em]Behavior infecting so many and that
[Em]Drives them to strike out in rage,
[G]Like the book you want to stop reading because you’re
[G]Afraid of what’s on the next page.