Tragedy of Life

In 1968, in the heart of the Vietnam War, Paul's mother Laura (then 15 or 16) wrote a heartfelt poem about the helplessness of the situation. Discovering this poem nearly 40 years later, Paul added some lyrics to the end and turned his mother's poem into a song that, even in the 21st century, sadly still seems relevant.

I've often thought of the world today
Where people neither go nor stay
Confused and senseless, with nothing to say
Just watching their land, their home decay

The war goes on, but like a disease
Our world cares not for love and peace
As everyone babbles, the problems increase
If we lose faith our fighting won't cease

For those who suffer, does anyone care?
A handful - this truth is hard to bear
And I am fearing the world out there
So thoughtless, so careless, in need of prayer

In need of prayer, in need of prayer
We're all in need of prayer
The sick, the sick and the dying
We're all in need of prayer
The poor over here, the poor over there
We're all in need of prayer
Those with faith, those with none
We're all in need of prayer
In need of prayer, in need of prayer
We're all in need of prayer
In need of prayer, in need of prayer
We're all in need of prayer

Lyrics by Laura Little  •  Music by Paul Little (1968, 2007)