Day 1 of 3 Lyrical Challenge

Thanks to Paula for nominating me for this challenge.

For day one, I’ve chosen the first record I ever purchased as a child: Try a Little Kindness, by Glen Campbell. The lyrics are very simple, some might even say corny, but they are as meaningful now as when they were written. With all the things going on in the world today, it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves to be kind.

I especially like this part:

And if you try a little kindness
Then you’ll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets

To me, this about acceptance. Kindness doesn’t just mean being nice to other people. It means accepting people for who they are.

Now here are the words.

If you see your brother standing by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he’s sowed
And if you see your sister falling by the way
Just stop and say, you’re going the wrong way

You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you’ll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets

Don’t walk around the down and out
Lend a helping hand instead of doubt
And the kindness that you show every day
Will help someone along their way

You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you’ll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets

And here is a video from 1969, of Glen singing the song on his TV show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. I watched that show, and possibly saw this episode when I was eight years old.

Extra bonus: Here is the 45 RPM record and the record player that I played it on.

Finally, I nominate Erika and Andi for the lyrical challenge.

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