A letter appeared in The Lima News titled, “Hello! Time for us to wake up.” It made me think of a song written by Victor Carstarphen, John Whitehead and Gene McFadden performed by the group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes with lead singer, Teddy Pendergrass. Though written in 1975, the words seem more appropriate today.
“Wake up everybody no more sleepin’ in bed no more backward thinkin’ time for thinkin’ ahead. The world has changed so very much from what it used to be, there is so much hatred , war an’ poverty. Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new way, maybe then they’ll listen to what you have to say. Cause they’re the ones who’s coming up and the world is in their hands, when you teach the children teach them the very best you can. The world won’t get no better if you just let it be, the world won’t get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me.
“Wake up all the doctors make the ol’ people well cause they’re the ones that suffer an’ catch all the hell. They don’t have so very long before their judgement day, so won’tcha make them happy before they pass away. Wake up all the builders time to build a new land, I know we can do it if we all lend a hand. The only thing we have to do is put it in our minds, surely things will workout they do it every time. The world won’t get no better if we just let it be, the world won’t get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me.”
Charles Thomas, Lima