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Thread #6075   Message #372035
Posted By: Joe Offer
10-Jan-01 - 03:08 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: All the Good People (Ken Hicks)
Subject: Lyr Add: ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE (Ken Hicks, others)
All the Good People
(Ken Hicks - adapted by Carol Holdstock, Faith Petric, and others)

This is a song for all the good people
All the good people I've known in my life
This is a song for all the good people
The people I'm thanking my stars for tonight.

This is a song for all my companions
who knew what I needed and shared what they had-   
food on the table, a heart that was able,
able to keep me just this side of sad.

This is a song for all the good travelers
Who passed through my life as they moved along-
The ramblers, the thinkers, the just-one-more drinkers,
Each took the time to sing me a song.

This is a song for all the good singers,
The songs and the music, the jokes good and bad.
We sang in the kitchen, had no competition
Each knowing the other was a good friend to have.

Some helped in small ways; some helped me always.
Some cheered me on when I ran out of fight-
Many a dear friend, though a one-time-a-year friend
I know they would come if I called them tonight.

Carol sings the chorus between each verse and at the beginning and end of the song. The words "shared what they had" in the first verse are Carol's.

That last verse she sent doesn't seem right - I'll ask her about it and post corrections. She said Ken Hicks heard her sing this version and liked it better than his own. I agree.

I have one verse that I made up:

This is a verse I sing for my children
They are the love and the hope of my life
May they have peace, may they have joy
May they keep faith through all trouble and strife.

-Joe Offer-