Planet Earth is slowing down
Overseas, underground
Wherever you look around
Lord, take me by the hand
Lead me through these desert sands
To the shores of a promised land

You make me start when you look into my heart
And see me for who I really am

If you can't change the world change yourself
If you can't change the world change yourself
If you can't change the world change yourself
If you can't change the world change yourself

I didn't care if the sun didn't shine
And the rain didn't fall from the sky
I just cared about myself
From this world to the next
And from the next back to this
By our actions we are bound
We're running out of love
Running out of hate
Running out of space for the human race
Planet Earth is slowing down

You make me cry when you look into my eyes
And see me for who I really am

If you can't change the world change yourself
If you can't change the world change yourself
If you can't change the world change yourself
If you can't change the world change yourself
If you can't change the world change yourself
If you can't change the world change yourself
If you can't change the world change yourself
And if you can't change yourself
Then change your world

I'm in love with the planet I'm standing on
I can't stop
I can't stop thinking of
All the people I've ever loved
All the people I have lost
All the people I'll never know
All the feelings I've never shown
The world's too big and life's too short
The world's too big and life's too short
The world's too big and life's too short
To be alone
To be alone


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    General CommentWow. Not a single comment? I'm surprised.

    Though this may have originally been penned in the mid nineties, it seems no more fitting than today.

    In a world moving too fast, and a society burning both candles at both ends to the point of detriment, the narrator is reflecting not only on himself, but how he's thought of his life and others in general. This is a mantra for him; he's opening his eyes and seeing the beauty and hatred for the first time after years of sworn apathy. (Though we're not sure why.)

    Now, looking upon life anew, he's bursting to make a difference. Make a change. But, as the old adage goes, you can't change the world. So, he's decided to start smaller. With himself. Small, but no less great.

    I think this song carries a wonderful message. It leaves us something to think on, however.

    If you can't change yourself, well, then change your world.

    / end two cents proffered
    mindhuntresson July 05, 2006   Link

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