Hey World, Don’t Give Up. {Video}

Via on Dec 14, 2012

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Sometimes this world is remarkable beyond belief.

Other days, it seems completely f*cked up. Seriously.

Like today. Another school shooting. So many young innocent children. Gone.

My son just came home and I hugged him close.

I’m angered that something like this can happen. Again and again.

Anticipating an encore of heated gun conversation. A blizzard of inaction.

If only guns were as regulated as cars.

My heart aches for the families impacted by this unthinkable tragedy. I don’t even want to imagine…

I’m numb. Out of words.

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So I’ll leave you with this music video by Michael Franti, “Hey World (Don’t Give Up).”

Thanks for sharing this on the elephant readers and writers facebook page, Brigitte Brousseau.

The lyrics:

Tell me why the grass was greener
Years ago I swear it used to grow here, but no more here
Tell me why on this hill
All the birds they used to come to fly here, come to die here
And tell me why I need to know
Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to know all you’ve shown me

Hey world, what you say
Should I stick around for another day or two?
Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on you
Just believe in me, like I believe in you

Tell me why on the corner
All the kids that used to come to run here, load their guns here
And tell me why it’s okay
To kill in the name of the Gods we pray
Tell me who said it’s okay
To die in the name of the lies we say

Tell me why there’s child soldiers
Tell me why they closed the borders
Tell me how to fight disease and
Tell me now, won’t you please?
The only thing I want to do is to be in the arms
Of someone who believes in me, like I believe in you

And I say hey world, what you say
Should I stick around for another day?
Hey world, what you say
Should I stick around for another day?

Hey world, what you say
Should I stick around for another day or two?
Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up
And I try, I try, I try, I try, I try, I try, I try, I try for you

Don’t give up on me
And I cry, I cry, I cry, I cry, I cry, I cry, I cry, I cry for you
Just believe in me like I believe

Hey world, what you say?
Hey world, what you say?
Hey world, what you say
Should I stick around for another day?

Hey world, what you say
Should I stick around for another day or two?
Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on you
Just believe in me, like I believe in you
Don’t give up on me

Hey world, what you say?
Hey world, what you say?
Hey world, what you say?
Hey world, what you say?

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About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger lives in Chicagoland with her son, husband and two cats. She loves sunrises, running, yoga, chocolate, and NYR, and has a voracious appetite for comedy. In her spare time, she blogs at myEARTH360.com and LynnHasselberger.com. A "Green Diva" and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr & @myEARTH360) and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.

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12 Responses to “Hey World, Don’t Give Up. {Video}”

  1. Francesca Biller Francesca Biller says:

    Thanks Lynn for a wonderful and inspirational post. I really needed this today.
    I look forward to hugging my children soon as well.
    Peace to you and all elephant readers!

  2. Thanks for this thoughtful and inspirational response to everything that happened today. It is greatly appreciated.

    DFTBA

  3. Beautiful music on a sad day.

  4. xerxes says:

    Thank you Lynn for helping us all articulate the horror of this. Yes, this world is broken, but there is definitely hope and resolution coming. Peace to you, and prayers continue for the families who are suffering, including the family of the shooter.

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  6. lauraplumb says:

    This is so heartfelt. Thank you, Lynn.

  7. [...] However, what it made me feel and realize is that these unspeakable horrors show us something we can all choose to see. [...]

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