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Harry Chapin – Last Of The Protest Singers lyrics

He's the last of the protest singers,
Selling truth and commitment,
He don't get much work these days,
He's billed as a novelty act,
And he stands there with his thumb out,
Hitching a ride towards the rainbow,
That only he sees shining there,
They say he's a fool, and that's a fact,
Oh, oh, oh....

Yes he's the last of the protest singers,
Staring, as he's strumming,
For he sees the dark clouds coming now,
And he says he feels those first few drops,
He sees he cannot reach them,
So he tries to sing out louder,
And I say, "you're getting hoarser boy,
He says, "should I give up and stop?"
Oh, oh, oh...

Chorus:

But I say, "that's really not good enough, cause there's enough of that kind of stuff"
And I say, "that's really not good enough, cause there's enough of that kind of stuff"
And he says, "I can't believe nobody cares anymore,
And he says, "I can't believe nobody shares anymore,
And he says, "I can't believe nobody cares like before,
He says, "I can't believe it's really true, don't you care anymore?"

Yes he's the last of the protest singers,
But sometimes I believe him,
As he stands on his cold street corner saying,
"It's what I say not what I am",
But late at night, I hold him,
He shivers and starts his crying and says,
"Should I just play some rock and roll,
Cause nobody really gives a damn? "
Oh, oh, oh...

Chorus:

Yes he's the last of the protest singers,
Selling truth and commitment,
He don't get much work these days,
He's billed as a novelty act,
And he stands there with his thumb out,
Hitching a ride towards the rainbow,
That only he sees shining there,
They say he's a fool, and that's a fact,
Oh, oh, oh...

There's enough of that kind of stuff!

Chorus:



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    Dale Vinzant
    Harry always carried a message, some got it and others did not. This song was written in 1988, apparently few got or understood what Harry's message was here.
    Harry was a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger; he was a key participant in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. In 1987, he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work.
    His song, I wonder what would happen to this world speculates on what the world would be like if each of us gave our all to making the world a better place to be. Unfortunately, very few are willing to step up to the plate. I get a message from each and every song Harry wrote and sang. He did not get enough airplay, most of his songs were too long.
    Society has not changed much, they still don't want you to know the truth. Harry was another one who was done too soon. We need another Harry.
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