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(Fred Small)

We have cleared off the table, leftovers saved
Washed the dishes and put them away
I've told you a story and tucked you in tight
At the end of your knockabout day
As the moon sets its sails to carry you to sleep
Over the midnight sea
I will sing you a song no-one sang to me
May it keep you good company

cho: Oh you can be anybody you want to be
You can love whomever you will
You can travel any country that your heart leads
And know that I will love you still
You can live by yourself, you can gather friends around
You can choose one special one
And the only measure of your words and your deeds
Will be the love you leave behind when you're done

There are girls who grow up strong and bold
There are boys quiet and kind
Some race on ahead, some follow behind
Some go in their own way and time
Some women love women, some men love men
Some raise children, some never do
Oh you can dream all the day never reaching the end
Of everything possible for you

Don't be rattled by names, by taunts, by games
But seek out spirits true
If you give your friends the best part of yourself
They'll give the same back to you.

Roy Bailey recorded this on Why Does It Have to be Me? (Fuse Records CFCD 396, 1
989), a collection of songs for children. He had this to say about it:
"A friend in Vancouver, Marisa Orth-Pallavicini, introduced me to the song Every
thing Possible, by Fred Small. She has recorded it and I was so moved by it, th
at I have been singing it ever since I heard her singing it. I have wanted to r
ecord it for a long time. Judging by the reactions I have had, it seems many pe
ople are moved by what the song is saying."

(Fred Small; © Pine Barrens Music 1983)

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