"Don't Laugh at Me" Coming to Camps

Song Provides Inspiration

The whole ‘Don't Laugh at Me' project started with a song, discovered
by my daughter, Bethany, and then played for Peter, Paul, & Mary.
It brought tears to our eyes when we first heard it . . . Just as ‘We
Shall Overcome,' ‘Blowin' in the Wind,' and ‘If I Had a Hammer'
reached the hearts of millions of Americans, galvanizing them to action,
so, I believe, might ‘Don't Laugh at Me' provide a similar kind
of heart's connection," says artist and activist Peter Yarrow. The
song, which Peter introduced to attendees of the ACA National Conference
in Albuquerque, is included in the "Don't Laugh at Me" project.

Don't Laugh at Me

I'm a little boy with glasses

The one they call a geek

A little girl who never smiles

‘Cause I have braces on my teeth

And I know how it feels to cry

myself to sleep

I'm that kid on every playground

Who's always chosen last

A single teenage mother

Tryin' to overcome my past

You don't have to be my friend

But is it too much to ask

Don't laugh at me

Don't call me names

Don't get your pleasure from my pain

In God's eyes we're all the same

Someday we'll all have perfect wings

Don't laugh at me




I'm the beggar on the corner

You've passed me on the street

And I wouldn't be out here beggin'

If I had enough to eat

And don't think I don't notice

That our eyes never meet

Don't laugh at me

Don't call me names

Don't get your pleasure from my pain

In God's eyes we're all the same

Someday we'll all have perfect wings

Don't laugh at me

I'm fat, I'm thin, I'm short, I'm tall

I'm deaf, I'm blind, hey, aren't we all

Don't laugh at me

Don't call me names

Don't get your pleasure from my pain

In God's eyes we're all the same

Someday we'll all have perfect wings

Don't laugh at me

(Steve Seskin/Allen Shamblin)

Song/ATV Tunes dba Cross Keys Publishing Co./ David Aaron Music/Built on Rock
Music — ASCAP

Originally published in the 2000 May/June of Camping
Magazine
.

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