Saturday’s Song

Carol A. Hand

My morning reading reminded me of this song by Si Kahn. It’s one of my favorites, but finding a reasonable version on Youtube this morning was a bit of a challenge. Here’s the version performed by Si Kahn. (The song seems to be very popular. There are many other versions if you want to be entertained by the diversity of approaches and styles.)

(Si Kahn)

What You Do with What You’ve Got
(Words and Music by Si Kahn)

You must know someone like him
He was tall and strong and lean
With a body like a greyhound
And a mind so sharp and keen
But his heart, just like a laurel,
Grew twisted round itself
Till almost every thing he did
Caused pain to someone else

It’s not just what you’re born with
It’s what you choose to bear
It’s not how large your share is
But how much you can share
And it’s not the fights you dreamed of
But those you really fought
It’s not just what you’re given
It’s what you do with what you’ve got.

Now what’s use of two good legs
If you only run away?
And what use is the finest voice
If you’ve nothing good to say?
And what good is strength and muscle
If you only push and shove?
And what’s the use of two good ears
If you can’t hear those you love?

It’s not just what you’re born with
It’s what you choose to bear
It’s not how large your share is
But how much you can share
And it’s not the fights you dreamed of
But those you really fought
It’s not just what you’re given
It’s what you do with what you’ve got.

Between those who use their neighbors
And those who use a cane
Between those in constant power
And those in constant pain
Between those who run to evil
And those who cannot run
Tell me which ones are the cripples
And which ones touch the sun?

It’s not just what you’re born with
It’s what you choose to bear
It’s not how large your share is
But how much you can share
And it’s not the fights you dreamed of
But those you really fought
It’s not just what you’re given
It’s what you do with what you’ve got.

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12 thoughts on “Saturday’s Song”

    1. Thank you for your comments, Linda, and for sharing the link to Dick Gaughan’s version. I love it! (I viewed at least 10 versions this morning, and honestly, some of them made me laugh – thinking of them again as I write made me laugh again.)

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