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Credits:

Produced by: Siegfried Meier & John Maksym
Mixed by: Shawn Moore
Mastered by: Siegfried Meier Mastering
Engineered by: Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios
Pre-production Engineering by: John Maksym at Close to Home Recordings

Lyrics by: John Maksym (SOCAN)
Music and Musical Arrangement by: John Maksym (SOCAN)

Lead Vocals, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Harmonica by: John Maksym
Drums by: Fadi Khoshaba
Bass by: Rick Guerrero
Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals by: Nick Maldonado
Piano and Organ by: Matt Weidinger
Additional Vocals by: Harley Olivia
Group Vocals by: Harley Olivia, Siegfried Meier, Nick Maldonado, Fadi Khoshaba, Rick Guerrero, and John Maksym

Choir Vocals Recorded in Nigeria
Vocal Arranger/Director: Joshua Adebowale
Choir Vocals by: Ibukun Onapajo (Soprano), Damilola Adika (Alto), Peter Nwaobilo (Tenor)

Additional Choir Vocals Recorded in South Africa by: Tee Mogano (Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass)

Artwork Concept and Construction by: Craig Cirinelli at HOUSEWITHOUTWALLS DESIGN

Executive Producer: John Maksym

© ℗ 2022 John Maksym, under exclusive license to Close to Home Recordings

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Lyrics

Be The Change - Lyrics


When I look out through my eyes, I
See a world in great disguise, and
Everybody’s got a story to tell
Like the man at the end of the road, who
Stands outside in the freezing cold, he’s
Got no bills, he’s got not money to pay, them anyway
When he’s standin’ there, he’s standin’ tall, even though
People look at him so small, he’s got his
Pride out on a piece of cardboard, sayin’
“Close your mind, open your heart” and

Be the change
For someone else, for someone else
Be the change
For someone else

No he,
Never changes, wears the same clothes, that
I saw him in yesterday, and
The day before and the day before that
Never giving up, he just keeps on livin’
He’s got no home of brick and mortar, no
Address listed in the phone book, and
Yeah I’ve heard it all before
He’s probably on drugs and drinks his sorrows, well
My father said “don’t judge someone else, just
Give a little of yourself
You can’t be the jury on this guy
He’s got it way harder than you and I”, oh
When it’s cold, it’s really cold,
The skies are dark and no one knows, that
He’s livin’ on these streets alone,
And when it rains it really pours down on him

Be the change
For someone else, for someone else
Be the change
For someone else, for someone else

Sometimes I need to remind myself
My good fortune’s in my health
I’ve got shelter from the rain, and
I’ve got medicine for pain
When the world of some has seen better days
I thank God that I’m ok
Though it’s easier to turn away
You gotta find the strength to be the change

Be the change

No he’s not lookin’ for sympathy, just to
Catch a break from you and me
His belongings are not worth a cent, but
His soul is rich with good intent
Came from far away to repay a debt
A grudge his daughter won’t forget
He knew signing up for this was hard, but
He’s tryin’ to mend a broken heart, and

Be the change
For someone else, for someone else
Be the change
For someone else, for someone else
Be the change
For someone else, for someone else

Be the change you wanna see in the world
Share with everyone the things that you've learned
Be the change you wanna see in the world (for someone else, for someone else)

Be the change you wanna see in the world (yeah)
Share with everyone the things that you've learned (yeah)
Be the change you wanna see in the world (yeah)

Be the change you wanna see in the world (yeah)
Share with everyone the things that you've learned (yeah)
Be the change you wanna see in the world (yeah)

Be the, be the change!