Force Field for Good

by Barry Lane

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Force Field for Good You don’t know why she said it. It almost made you cry, but then you didn’t let it, instead you asked her why. She told you she was so sad, about something at home. It made you feel just so bad, that she was all alone. Come help weave a Force Field for Good, pack up all of your fears. We’ll thread the warp with kindness, the weft makes hate disappear. Over and under and over love stories we weave from our past, the Force Field melts all the meanness. Justice and goodness will last. He hit you at the park and spoke to you with hate but something in your heart told you just to wait. You told it to your teacher. She spoke to him that day. He was not some mean creature. His dog had run away. Come help weave a Force Field for Good, pack up all of your fears. We’ll thread the warp with kindness, the weft makes hate disappear. Over and under and over love stories we weave from our past, the Force Field melts all the meanness. Justice and goodness will last. Learn to talk it out. Learn to make it right. Stories are the tunnel but people are the light. When we look beneath, nothing is the same. We protect each other when we share all of the pain. Our world is in great trouble. It yearns for a new lift. Our problems all have doubled. Our minds need a new shift. We need to tell our stories and listen with our hearts, then we will find new glory, and never be apart. Come help weave a Force Field for Good, pack up all of your fears. We’ll thread the warp with kindness. The weft makes hate disappear. Over and under and over, love stories we weave from our past, the Force Field melts all the meanness. Justice and goodness will last. Learn to talk it out. Learn to make it right. Stories are the tunnel but people are the light. When we look beneath, nothing is the same. We protect each other when we share all of the pain.
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I was standing by the school door waiting for the bell, when Roger pushed me over, so hard I fell. I wanted just to punch him and make him feel my hurt, but something deep inside of me, sounded the alert. Know your Higher Self, take it off the shelf, give it room to play every single day. Forget about the fight, reach for what is right. You can teach yourself to fly, when you want to cry. One day in the lunchroom some friends were laughing loud, about the newest student and they formed a crowd. I started laughing with them, then I saw how sad he looked. I turned to him, said hello, then picked up all his books. Know your Higher Self, take it off the shelf, give it room to play every single day. Forget about the fight, reach for what is right. You can teach yourself to fly, when you want to cry. Sometimes I don’t behave, the best way that I can, sometimes I’m afraid, to lend a helping hand, but then a little voice comes from somewhere deep inside and tells me that the best in me doesn’t have to hide Know your Higher Self, take it off the shelf, give it room to play every single day. Forget about the fight, reach for what is right. One day I hope the world will listen to this song and all the leaders think about what’s right and wrong. They’ll sit there at a table and talk about their fears, without the endless battles rumbling on for years. Know your Higher Self, take it off the shelf, give it room to play every single day. Forget about the fight, reach for what is right. You can teach yourself to fly, when you want to cry You can teach yourself to fly, when you want to cry. © 2014 Barry Lane and Jay Banta 
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The Big Bad Bully Bus is rolling into town. It comes to pick you up but it often lets you down. Those big kids in the back they’re making quite a fuss. How will you survive The Big Bad Bully Bus? Drivers up front he’s lookin’ at the road. 63 kids is a pretty heavy load. No time to look back, No time to supervise. Those big kids in the back are telling nasty lies. What will you do? What will you say when all the bullies come your way? They start to call you names they laugh right in your face, spitballs start to fly, they make fun of your race. They make you want to cry. They make you want to scream, but if you hit ‘em back, you join the bully team. We become the choices we make and if you take the high road things will be ok. To be a better person we all must learn to trust. Each of us must take the wheel of our own bad bully bus. Talk to an adult when you get to school. Ask a bully why or tell him that’s not cool. Learn to walk away or stand up for a friend. 5 ways that defeat a bully in the end. We must be strong. We must be brave when all the bullies come our way! The Big Bad Bully Bus is rollin’ into town. It comes to pick you up don’t let it put you down. Those big kids in the back they’re making quite a fuss. But you and I are driving the Big Bad Bully Bus. You and I are driving the Big Bad Bully Bus.
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Ode to Other 02:43
Ode to Other words and music by Barry Lane A song in 2 voices Without Black No white Without Day No night Without sad No glad Without good No bad Without time No late Without love No hate Without tears No joy Without girls No boys You begin where I end and that’s why I call you my friend. We may be as different as the land and the sea, but you belong with me. Without where No why Without clouds No sky Without know No rope Without Fear No hope Without stay No go Without fast No slow Without green No blue Without me No you You begin, where I end and that’s why I call you my friend. We may be as different as the land and the sea, but you belong with me. We don’t know where we’re going to. We don’t know where we’ve been. Don’t believe in the differences. Learn to make amends. Without white no black Without front no back Without one no two Without old no new Without sun no earth Without Death no birth Without stars no space Without smile no face You begin, where I end and that’s why I call you my friend. We may be as different as the land and the sea, but you belong with me. We may be as different as the land and the sea, but you belong with me.
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My Momma takes me shopping almost every day. She buys me lots of pizza, and games for me to play. I really, really like it when I get all these toys, but you’d think I would have learned by now how just to enjoy. It’s a kind of twisted feeling that cuts right to the bone. Why am I so sad, and why do I feel so alone. I got the Gimmes, I got the Gimmes, I got the Gimmes, I got the Gimmes. You’d think that I’d be happy that I have all this stuff but I never, never, really know when I’ve had quite enough I got the Gimmes. I got the Gimmes. Mother earth is wonderful, she gives us all her soul. We use it to make tools and toys to help us to control. Plastic, metal, steel and string create our modern world, but we think she has an endless stream of stuff to just unfurl. When will learn to realize we have this bad disease, and stop destroying forests so we can see the trees.We got the Gimmes. We got the Gimmes. We got the Gimmes. We got the Gimmes. You’d think that we’d be happy that we have all this stuff, but we never, never really know when we’ve had quite enough, We got the Gimmes. We got the Gimmes. Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, help us, help us, please. Do you have a cure for our sad selfish disease? He says we should think grateful thoughts for everyone we know and learn to love with all our hearts to make this new world grow. Think of them before yourself and listen to their needs. Find the flower in your heart that grows among the weeds, and lose the Gimmes, and lose the Gimmes, and lose the Gimmes, and lose the Gimmes. Think of them before yourself and listen to their needs, find the flower in your heart that grows among the weeds. And lose the Gimmes. And lose the Gimmes. And lose the Gimmes
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Dream Anthem 00:51
Listen to the dreams that call to you when you're on your own. Dreams will take your hand and lift you up when you feel alone Dreams will know and tell the truth You will nod and smile Listen to the dreams that call your name Listen for a whille Some may try to still your smile Some will point and laugh. Dreams will be the stars in your sky heart, let them light your path.
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Listen to the dreams that call to you when you're on your own. Dreams will take your hand and lift you up when you feel alone Dreams will know and tell the truth You will nod and smile Listen to the dreams that call your name Listen for a whille Some may try to still your smile Some will point and laugh. Dreams will be the stars in your sky heart, let them light your path.
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Magic Mirror 02:08
I’ve got a magic mirror, I use it every day. It makes the world much clearer, it helps me find my way. I’ve got a magic mirror, you can use it too, when you look at it you’ll see the good in you. I’ve got a magic mirror I keep it in my heart. It brings us all much nearer, no one is apart. I’ve got a magic mirror, you can use it too, when you look at me you’ll see that I’m in you. Don’t believe in everything you hear. Don’t believe in everything you see. Watch all the hate just disappear, when you stand beside me. We’ve got a magic mirror, we use it everyday. It makes it all much clearer, it helps us find our way. We’ve got a magic mirror, you can use it too, when you look at us you’ll see that we’re in you. Learn to be a person who can see. Learn to be a person who can trust. You create a new reality, when you stand beside us. We’ve got a magic mirror, we keep it in our hearts. It brings us all much nearer. No one is apart. We’ve got a magic mirror, you can use it too. When you look within you’ll see the real you. When you look at us you’ll see that we’re in you.
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Mean Girls 02:54
Having a party on late Saturday you’re not invited sorry to say. Plenty of room gonna have fun, too bad in a way that you can’t come. I’m a mean girl, mean girl I don’t know why, I am not happy but I never cry. I‘m a mean girl, mean girl it’s so much fun, every day you get to be number one! You be my friend, come sit with me. We’ll be the coolest fish in the sea. Don’t talk to them. Don’t even smile. They are no one but we have the style. We’re the mean girls, mean girls We don’t know why, we are not happy but we never cry. We’re the mean girls, mean girls It’s so much fun Every day you get to be number one!I don’t agree . I don’t go along. I know what’s right and I know what’s wrong. Be kind to all, see everyone . We are all cool when we are all one. We’re not mean girls, really we are just sad. We can do better without acting bad. We’re not mean girls, mean girls, It’s just a mask underneath are kind girls growing real fast. Come to the party it will be fun all are invited bring everyone. We’ll all be cool. We’ll all be kind. New world a coming. New frame of mind. No more mean girls. No more mean girls. No more mean girls. ©2014 Barry Lane
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You didn’t call me names. You didn’t punch my arm. You didn’t tell me lies, but you really did me harm ‘cause when you talked about me, out there is cyberspace, you may as well have stood there and punched me right in the face. ‘Cause words, words, words wherever they’re found they can lift you up or throw you on the ground so use your words wisely and we can still hang around. Our words are what connect us wherever we are found. You said you were so sorry, you didn’t mean no harm, it was all a stupid joke, no cause for great alarm. I told you I forgive you. I really meant it too. But old words can come to haunt us, It’s time to try out something new. So think before you speak. Imagine they are you. Remember all the words that make you feel so blue. Our words can be like wings that lift hearts to the sky don’t waste them on the things that make an angel cry. Boo hooooooooooo! You friended me on Facebook. You gave me a big hug. We’re buddies now forever. Sit with me on the rug, but what about the new kid who sits there all alone. Let’s talk to her this morning and make her feel right at home. Cause, words, words, words wherever they’re found they can lift you up or throw you on the ground so use your words wisely and we can still hang around. Our words are what connect us wherever we are found. Our words are what connect us wherever we are found. © 2014 Barry Lane and Jay Banta
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Sammy Miller 05:07
Sammy Miller Sammy Miller sat on me back in 1963 when I made fun of his funny shirt. Why I said it I don’t know. It was mean. It was low. I watched his teardrops fall into the dirt. Words live on as echoes inside a heart and mind. Pain and kindness tumble through the years. Your story changes me. My story changes you. Let words of love echo through our tears. I’m not sure why we picked on him perhaps it was his goofy grin or the way his hair looked in the rain. He had a pointy little nose. He didn't wear the normal clothes. But we were wrong to call him unkind names. Words live on as echoes inside a heart and mind. Pain and kindness tumble through the years. Your story changes me. My story changes you. Let words of love echo through our tears. I saw him last week on Facebook. He still had that haunted look. 40 years. He had 13 friends. I could see it in his eyes that he still believed our lies. When does a bully’s taunting ever end? Words live on as echoes inside a heart and mind. Pain and kindness tumble through the years. Your story changes me. My story changes you. Let words of love echo through our tears. When I look back I'm so ashamed of what I said. I take the blame. I wish I could have been a better me I’m kinder now. I realize my words live on in others’ eyes. I’m not the me I was in ’63. Words live on as echoes inside a heart and mind. Pain and kindness tumble through the years. Your story changes me. My story changes you. Let words of love echo through our tears. Words change you -- you’re changing me. Echo love. Words change me -- I’m changing you. Echo love.
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Xenophobia If you had xenophilia and I had xenophobia and we were from two cultures far apart as night and day then I would want to run from you and you would want to run to me and I would cry to look at you and you would want to play. Everything would frighten me. Your different skin. Your different prayer. You would find me beautiful. You’d reach your hand. You’d try to share. And I would hide inside my fears. And I would tremble in my tears. Such loneliness might last for years. But you would still be there. And one day I would look at you. Your different prayer. Your different skin. I’d see your hand extended and I’d know that we were kin. I’d know you waited for me with a love I did not earn. It might take me a while but eventually I’d learn. © Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
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Afraid of love, in love with fear, sad hearts live alone in stony towers, but love shines on through all the years one by one the hearts they start to flower. His name was Xenophobia He lived north of Morovia, he was afraid of everyone in town.Her name was Xenophilia she worked in memorabilia, she smiled and laughed at everyone around. Afraid of love, in love with fear, sad hearts live alone in stony towers, but love shines on through all the years one by one the hearts they start to flower. He met her at the grocery store, standing by the freezer door, He didn’t like the way she smiled at him. He tried to look away from her, Then everything became a blur, he couldn’t be the person he had been. Afraid of love, In love with fear, sad hearts live alone In stony towers, but love shines on through all the years one by one the hearts they start to flower.Darkness always shatters with the light. Day will always cover up the night. Hope will always drown out all sad. Good will always swallow up the bad. They married in the marketplace and gave hope to the human race some people laughed, and other people cried. It’s hard to know just what to say, when all the hate has gone away, and this new love will never be denied. Darkness always shatters with the light. Day will always cover up the night. Hope will always drown out all sad. Good will always swallow up the bad. Afraid of love, in love with fear, sad hearts live alone in stony towers, but love shines on, through all the years, One by one the hearts they start to flower. One by one the hearts they start to flower. One by one the hearts they start to flower.
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Only Love 02:54
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Okay Song 02:15
Everything gonna be ok The night will soon become the day Tomorrow there'll be morning light and all your troubles out of sight Everything's gonna be ok
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No more worries, no more fears, something new between the ears. When someone hits you turn your cheek you own the world when you are meek, Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Don’t judge me by my skin. Take the time to look within. The train of truth is on the track when no one talks behind your back. Cause, Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Man and woman both are wings. The bird it soars, the bird it sings. Much more love and much less hate. Watch the world cooperate, cause,Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Now is the new day. We are the mixed fruit of one tree. Live in peace and unity. Forget the old, embrace the new, less me, me, me, more you, you, you. For, Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Now is the new day Now is the new day. People hungry, People scared, They don’t know how much we care. Face the sun, soak up its rays. It’s time to find a better way. Cause, Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Now is the new day. Now is the new day.

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At this time of unprecedented peace in the history of humanity, we
need songs and anthems to help both young and old see that peace
and unity are not unrealistic fantasies. Peace and unity are possible
through faith and active daily struggle.

Like the Starship Enterprise, this album is a vessel to carry forth an ever-advancing civilization toward unity. Sing these songs with your children
and your students. Teach them that the dream of peace becomes real
when we know our higher selves and offer our gifts to others.

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released March 15, 2014

Thanks to wild man Mark Flescher and blues rocker Frank Serafini on his Les Paul for help with Gimme Blues and the amazing fiddle genius of Joel Grainger for Words, Words Words and Sammy Miller.
Thanks to the wise Nebraska sage, Jay Banta for writing help with Know Your Higher Self and Words, Words, Words,and to award winning poet, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater for co-writing Afraid of Love, Dream Anthem,Force Field for Good, More than a Number and Sammy Miller. Knowing you both has been a great and joyful gift.
Thanks to my sweet daughter, Jessie Lane for background vocals on Sammy Miller and the arty Garfunkul inspired Mark Perry on Now is the New Day. Thanks to the kind Rose Mureka and her Kenyan class for Dream Anthem 2. Your voices carry over the ocean on a current of love.
Songs mastered by Egan Media. All songs copyright © 2014 Barry Lane, except those shared with those partners mentioned above.

More information on Force Field for Good : www.discover-writing.com/basic-blurbs.html#bullies

Sample video from an assembly at Rossman School in St. Louis.

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Barry Lane Vermont

I write songs about kindness for children and songs about hope and justice for adults.

I love Pete Seeger, and believe, as he did, that a single song can help change the world by uniting hearts and minds.


We are the mixed fruit of one tree,

Live in peace and unity.

Forget the old
embrace the new,

Less me, me, me,
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You, you, you.

For now is the New Day.
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