And utter words of wisdom deep
I must have been about three years old
Sitting on a high stool in a little restaurant
In my home town of Venice Beach
I heard a young couple discussing their plans
To get a car and a house and a boat
To measure their future in terms of the time
It took to get married and make some money
Their happiness ruled by material things
No thought now of being shy
I had to speak out
I don't know why
(Perhaps all those Sundays in Catholic Church
Listening to parables about self-worth?)
"You don't need a car or a house or a boat
You don't measure success by the money in your purse
If we want to survive the times to come
If we want to be happy
The solution will come
We just need brotherhood
It isn't hard
Be brothers and sisters
Love each other
And we shall save the world!"
In my own mind
The choice was clear
But my parents, unfortunately,
Had no ears to hear!
So they shut me up in embarrassed state
How dare I speak out
How dare I relate?
I didn't even know that young couple's name
Hadn't been introduced
Wasn't playing the right game
"Children are to be seen and not heard!"
My parents had "religion"
But their thoughts were far from mine
I shut my mouth
And hung my head
In shame, I realized
Their hearts were stone and their souls were as if dead
But then I remembered a forgotten clue
Pray for the couple and for my parents, too
Pray for them to have ears to hear
Earn their compassion by showing it clear
Pray for eyes to see
And a heart to understand
Make Love the religion
To Heal our troubled Land!