I Want to Hold Your Hand Revisited

Words and music by Bill Price

A war of words - perhaps you've heard
Words and deeds related - soon the fight is escalated
Hope and hate - both real and great
Fenced off on opposing sides - the gate is locked with fears, lies and pride

I need a truth - some living proof
A reason to carry on - to believe in beauty over bombs
From the mouth of babes - like a wizened sage
A little boy in a tattered shirt - his eyes alive - his face smudged with dirt - South African dirt

He put his hand into blue paint
Put his handprint on the wall with the others there - children all
And then they sang, "If we hold hands
Together - sisters, brothers - we cannot hit each other" - no, no, no

I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
Every woman, child and man

I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
From Arlington to Afghanistan

So I passed this spark - in a heart-to-heart
My friend was once a little girl but she is now a woman of the world
She said, "It's cute" - I said, "It's true"
She said, "It's not practical" - I said, "Christ, it's powerful" - so powerful

I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
Every woman, child and man

I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
All you communists and republicans

I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
Every woman, every child, every man

I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
Wouldn't that be fab?

Yeah, yeah, yeah

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