Dialogue Parts I & II

Lyrics to the song by the same name by Chicago. Timely when it came out; timely even now. Seems there are always people who are much too ready to accept the status quo, or who don’t even think about it.

Part I

Are you optimistic ’bout the way things are going?
No, I never ever think of it at all.

Don’t you ever worry when you see what’s going down?
No, I try to mind my business, that is, no business at all.

When it’s time to function as a feeling human being
Will your bachelor of arts help you get by?

I hope to study further, a few more years or so.
I also hope to keep a steady high.

Will you try to change things — use the power that you have, the power of a million new ideas?
What is this power you speak of and this need for things to change?
I always thought that everything was fine.

Don’t you feel repression just closing in around?
No, the campus here is very, very free.

Don’t it make you angry the way war is dragging on?
Well, I hope the president knows what he’s into, I don’t know.

Don’t you ever see the starvation in the city where you live,
All the needless hunger, all the needless pain?

I haven’t been there lately, the country is so fine;
But my neighbors don’t seem hungry ’cause they haven’t got the time.

Thank you for the talk, you know you really eased my mind;
I was troubled by the shapes of things to come

Well, if you had my outlook your feelings would be numb;
You’d always think that everything was fine.

Part II

We can make it happen …
We can change the world now …
We can save the children …
We can make it better …
We can make it happen …
We can save the children …
We can make it happen!

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