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Love Can Change the World

aaron niequist

 

bridges are more beautiful than bombs are

bridges are more beautiful than bombs

listening is louder than a lecture

listening is louder than a shout

 

but Love – Love can change the world

oh do we still believe that

Love – Love can change the world

oh do we still believe in

Love – Love

God is Love, our God is Love and

Love can change the world

 

an open hand is stronger than a fist is

an open hand is stronger than a fist

wonder is more valuable than Wall Street

wonder is more valuable than gold

 

repeat chorus

 

may we never stop this dreaming

of a better world

may we never stop believing

in the impossible

 

Women:  God is love

repeat chorus

 

 

©2005 AARONieq Music

Love Can Change the World

in a strange way, kayne west inspired this song. i was listening to his second album on a bike ride, getting fed up with all the self-congratulatory bragging, posturing, and tearing everyone else down, when the thought “building bridges are so much more beautiful than dropping bombs” popped into my head. we live in a world that tries to fight hate with louder hate, war with bigger bombs, and hurt with pre-emptive attacks…and it doesn’t seem to be helping. people ask me if this is a political song, and I always say no. obviously, our country has recently given in to the ridiculous waste of fighting violence with violence, but this is played out on every playground, cafeteria, and board room in the world, and the problem is not going to be solved with new laws or peace protests; it needs to begin with how I treat the server at Chili’s, the family member who bugs me, and the person who broke my heart.

musically, I was listening to a lot of Keane at the time, so the original demo owes a big debt to them, but when we began to sing this song live, it grew a little more muscular--more in the dance rock direction. I’ve never really loved the melody of the verses, but I’m thrilled with how the chorus came together, and I could sing the bridge every single day.

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