Let’s Leave Our Fears and Comforts Now

Let’s Leave Our Fears And Comforts Now

8686D + chorus

1. Let’s leave our fears and comforts now and heed a higher call:
To dedicate our lives to building dignity for all.
The whims of fate are cruel to some by accident of birth.
It’s only fair for all to share the riches of the earth.
The riches of the earth, oh people
The riches of the earth.
It’s only fair for all to share the riches of the earth.

2. We’ll break apart the ancient walls of status, fear and wealth;
And build ourselves instead a house of welcome, joy and health.
As partners, friends and family join with strangers of good heart.
And as the vision’s lifted up, division falls apart.
Division falls apart, oh people.
Division falls apart.
And as the vision’s lifted up, division falls apart.

3. Among the many miracles that poets long have praised,
Another stands beside them now — the way this house was raised.
Each day may we decide anew for justice over greed.
That some receive and some let go, and all get what they need.
And all get what they need, oh people.
And all get what they need.
That some receive and some let go, and all get what they need.


Words and music by Bret Hesla.
© 1998 Bret Hesla. All rights reserved. Use with permission, please.
Licensed via OneLicense.net. Contact: Bret.hesla@gmail.com.


Written for Habitat for Humanity’s 1998 West Regional Conference, held at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA.

This is a super fun, rousing vibe to the tune, a structure similar to an old carol. The lyrics have a basic structure of 8686D. So if you omit the tags at the end of each verse, it may be sung to many familiar tunes. My favorite: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

 

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