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Original Song: “What If”

Words and music copyright 2019 by Emily Josephine. All rights reserved. Lyrics below the video.

She was on the point of slittin’ her wrists,
All her hopes and dreams caught up in the mist
Of despair.

When a stranger came and spoke in her ear
The very words she needed to hear
To keep living.

What if, what if?
What if you decided to be that one
To speak love and hope, to bring back the sun
To a lost and desperate soul?
What if?

A foster child, he felt so much pain
That as a youth he saw the local street gang
His only way out.

But then a teacher nurtured his innate gift,
Pulling him back from the edge of the cliff
With a word.

What if, what if?
What if you decided to be that one
To speak love and hope, to bring back the sun
To a lost and desperate soul?
What if?

She was gonna run; she didn’t know
That her young body might end being sold
And ravaged.

But before she could leave, a friend grabbed her hand,
And showed her how she could give her mom and dad
Another chance.

What if, what if?
What if you decided to be that one
To speak love and hope, to bring back the sun
To a lost and desperate soul?
What if?

He’d hit the bottle, and then hit his wife.
He knew it was wrong, but couldn’t hold back the strife
Inside him.

Until one day a man who’d been in his shoes
Sat down with him and helped him to choose
A new and better way.

What if, what if?
What if you decided to be that one
To speak love and hope, to bring back the sun
To a lost and desperate soul?
What if?

What if everyone who listens to this song begins to encourage one person every day?
And what if each of those who receive that encouragement begin to encourage one person every day?
Our words and our actions go out much farther than we can imagine, let alone see.
Just think of some of the possibilities.

Maybe someone who would have otherwise turned criminal, would instead become an active and beloved volunteer in his hometown.
Maybe someone with an embittered heart would finally experience the freedom of forgiving.
Maybe someone who would have been killed in a drive-by shooting, would instead live a long and happy and fulfilling life.

Maybe the incidences of mental illness would plummet,
Chronic disease would become a rarity, and…
Prisons would begin to empty?
I know – it all sounds like a pipe dream.

BUT!

What if, what if?
What if you decided to be that one
To speak love and hope, to bring back the sun
To a lost and desperate soul?
What if?

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