Peace Songbook

Once Again... With Feeling

Music and lyrics by Chibi Kodama/John Cullimore

©2016 Chibi Kodama/John Cullimore

This song is the result of my family and I discussing the current violence that we see so often in the news. I wanted to go a little "punk-rock" and really give something meaty for the kids to sink their teeth and hearts into. 

It's so important that we not spend too much time talking about loving our neighbor, and no time actually doing it. That's what this song is all about. 

*** One note to the song's simplicity: I purposely wrote this with mostly 2 chords in the spirit of a pub song for the sake of teachability. I wanted children, my own specifically, to be able to know only 3 chords and sit and play along.


It’s a myth that we can be alone

It’s a myth than we can have an island of our own

It’s a selfish lie that i can get whatever i can dream

And never have thought for the way it comes to me


Even walking down my street

I affect the way that the particles meet

Through the air from my skin and my lungs to yours

Like it or not we all have open pores


And if I take care of mine

And if I have no concern for yours

Bit by bit I’m going blind

Little by little I closing up the door


It’s not that one life matters more than the other

But some lives get kicked around more than the others

You can stay where it’s safe on the other side - if that’s your choice

But I don’t want to hide my eyes anymore


Don't turn around

When you see another falling down

Don't do it half way

Open up your eyes today

No half hearted attempts at loving my neighbor anymore

Try it once again, with feeling… once again with feeling (x3)


I can’t sit and be still

And be so content to have my fun and my fill

When my neighbor is next door fighting for his life

I can’t lay down on my bed

Believing that everything’s ok, I’m warm and well fed

When my neighbor is next door fighting for her life

Get rowdy with it!

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