You Don’t Have To Yell—By Chris Rice

As I was debating in the marriage forum this week I had the unfortunate experience of running into a commenter who took such violently vitriolic offense to the views of marriage supporters debating there, that he personally threatened us with detailed bodily harm akin to the horrifying ordeal Matthew Shepard suffered before he finally died.  Shocked?  Yes.  Concerned, not really…. but I thought a lot about his reaction.  It’s not unique, but when I heard this song, it reminded me not only of this exchange, but of the many before and since.

Regardless, draw your lines and choose your side, because many things are worth the fight—

A message for those who yearn to see natural marriage safely and permanently elevated for the sake of children and society.  We can do this quietly, respectfully, and firmly – without contention.

Thanks to Chris Rice and his veracious talent.  Love this song.

—Beetle Blogger

You Don’t Have To Yell

So-called reality
Right there on my TV
If that’s how life’s supposed to be, well
Somebody’s lyin’
The camera’s on and we can tell
To keep your fame you have to yell
‘Cause tensions build, and products sell, and
We’re all buyin’
I hope we’re smarter than this

Everybody take a breath
Why are all your faces red
We’re missin’ all the words you said
You don’t have to yell
Draw your lines and choose your side
Cause many things are worth the fight
But louder doesn’t make you right
You don’t have to yell, oh
You don’t have to yell

I tuned in to hear the news
I don’t want your point of view
If that’s the best that you can do, then
Something’s missin’
And experts on whatever side
You plug your ears, you scream your lines
You claim to have an open mind, but
Nobody’s listenin’
Don’t you think we’re smarter than this?

Everybody take a breath
Why are all your faces red
We’re missin’ all the words you said
You don’t have to yell
Draw your lines and choose your side
Many things are worth the fight
But louder doesn’t make you right
You don’t have to yell
You don’t have to yell

Everybody take a breath
Why are all your faces red
We’re missin’ all the words you said
You don’t have to yell
(If everyone will take the step
Back away and count to ten
Clear your mind and start again
We wont have to yell)
Draw your lines and choose your side
Many things are worth the fight
But louder doesn’t make you right
You don’t have to yell
You don’t have to yell

Hattip—Pearl Diver :-)

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1 Comment

  1. Pearl said,

    June 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I’m definitely a Chris Rice fan. :0) I love it when people lend their talents to good messages rather than simply entertaining others.


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