Tell Me the Truth
I’m tired of dyin’ while I’m still alive
I feel I’m drownin’ in a sea of Jive
I’m saturated with abuse of youth..
Won’t somebody, tell me the truth..
Everyone’s rappin’bout’ the how’s and why’s
But they just happen, not to be too wise
Truth’s disappearin’ til it’s outta sight
Somebody tell me what’s right
Now a days’ wrong is right, down is up, black is white, bad is good, truth a lie, evil men live, while good men die.
Don’t talk about Peace while you fightin’’ a war,
I don’t wanna hear it.
And you won’t admit it’s money that you’re fightin’ for, cause the people couldn’t bear it.
And you’re giving to the rich while you’re stealin’ from the poor..and I know you know it
And the people play the game and they don’t know the score-- they’re asleep and they show it.
And nothin’ Jesus said has meaning anymore cause we’ve all sunk below it. And now the spirit is willin’ and the matter matters more and you don’t wanna blow it. Your sellin’ Jesus like an item in a fancy store
And it’s called get the money
Now Jesus is just another superstar for you to adore and it’s sad and it’s funny..
And what’s more-- what a bore
I know for certain, everything ain’t right
People are hurtin’, everyone’s uptight
Can’t stand this madness cause I’m much too couth.
Hey somebody tell me the truth
Somebody tell me
Ad lib: I don't want no fake news!
We're hearin' lie, after lie, after lie, after lie,
and you know what's right! Somebody please,
Oh somebody: TELL ME THE TRUTH!
*** Note: I love honest people who care about their fellow man and follow the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Thank you Jon Hendricks for your lyrics. Roseanna
"Tell Me the Truth" is the title track of Roseanna Vitro's new recording on Skyline-Records.com. This video and recording are dedicated to the memory of the great Jon Hendricks, who passed in 2017. Jon composed this song in the late 60's, a time very similar to 2018. Our plea is whether right, left or center --give the American people one news source agreed upon by all people, one which is vetted and updated constantly. Fake News is rampant. It is killing our democracy. God Bless America. Thank you Jon Hendricks. Many thanks to Sarah Wickliffe and Mark Stetson video filming and creation. Lee Tomboulian, arrangement and The Southern Roots Band: Mark Soskin piano/arranger, Dean Johnson bass, Mitch Stein guitar, Rudy Royston drums, Tim Ries tenor saxophone, Nathan Eklund trumpet & flugelhorn. Paul Wickliffe recording, Charlestown Road Studios, Clinton, NJ.