"The Change" as written by R. Wayne Tester and Anthony M. Arata....
One hand reaches out
And pulls a lost soul from harm
While a thousand more go unspoken for
And they say,
"What good have you done by saving just this one"
"It's like whispering a prayer
In the fury of a storm"

And I hear them saying,
"You'll never change things.
And no matter what you do
It's still the same thing"
But it's not the world that I am changing
I do this so, this world will know
That it will not change me

This heart still believes
That love and mercy still exist
While all the hatreds rage
And so many say
"That love is all but pointless,
in madness such as this."
"It's like trying to stop a fire
with the moisture of a kiss."

And I hear them saying,
"You'll never change things.
And no matter what you do
It's still the same thing"
But it's not the world that I am changing
I do this so, this world will know
That it will not change me

As long long as one heart still holds on
Then hope is never really gone

And I hear them saying,
"You'll never change things.
And no matter what you do
It's still the same thing"
But it's not the world that I am changing
I do this so, this world we know
That it will not change me

What I do is so, this world will know
That it will not change me


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"The Change" as written by R. Wayne Tester, Anthony M. Arata

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    General CommentThis song really makes me think of all the efforts put into the Attack on America, all of the people that helped clean up and help people out. Thanks everyone!!! We're all Americans.
    jdeeregirlohon May 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe first time I heard this song it was Garth singing live on TV. Behind him were photographs and video of the aftermath at the Oklahoma City Bombing. It was very moving and devestating, that was before we called it terrorism.
    ashleylarion August 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me think of my kids.... as long as they can do something to make this world better... then hope isn't gone..... I don't want them to ever lose hope in things changing....
    Mommacaton August 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf my life have a theme song it woult be ^"the change"^ it's not the world that I am changing
    I do this so this world will know That it will not change me
    spoiled_sweet818on November 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI wish people would stop attributing this September 11th, this song is for... and exlusivly for the Oklahoma City Bombing.
    Panic!on August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt may be written just for Oklahoma City bombing yet songs can transcent time and be attached to other events as well.
    NGwarfareon October 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has a good moral, that even when people are telling you that you're doing nothing when you help someone, it's best to be optimistic and not let them shape you a pessimist.
    DeepSouthernon July 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about doing the right thing, and never giving up. You can NEVER give up in the face of tragedy, or evil, sadness, and hatred win. When I first heard this song, I thought it was about how no difference is too small, every life saved matters. But that's not quite it. "I do this so, this world will know, that it will not change me." This is where Sept. 11th gets mentioned all the time, because it was then we all experienced it. How many of us stood up and said, "I WILL NOT let you scare me, I WILL NOT let this ruin me." But it applies any time someone needs saving. Powerful, powerful song...
    improbability32on January 08, 2009   Link

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