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Hope In A Hopeless World
(Roebuck 'Pops' Staples/Phil Roy/Bob Thiele, Jr.)
Lyrics transcribed by: Daniel Gold
Intro:  Gm  Gm  F F  Gm

Verse 1:
Cm                       Gm
   Baby born in New York City
Cm                          Gm
   Wrapped in a blanket all tattered and worn
Cm                  Gm
   Mama's doin' the best she can
         Dm        Cm       Gm
It takes hope in a hopeless world

Verse 2:
Her eldest son, he stayed in school
Listened to his mother, he never drank or used
But every job he wants he gets refused
It takes hope in a hopeless world

Chorus:
            Cm                 Gm
Looking for hope in a hopeless world
               Cm                    Gm
Trying to find love in these hateful times
            Cm                    Gm
Try to stay strong but my mind is weak
            Dm        Cm       Gm
Looking for hope in a hopeless world

Verse 3:
Churches are full, but the prayers are not heard
Saturday's child don't wanna to go to Sunday school
Whatever happened to the golden rule
It takes hope in a hopeless world

Verse 4:
D'you got a quarter for the homeless man
Spare some change for the soldiers who fought the war
Put a little money in those hats and those tins
Give them hope in a hopeless world

(Chorus)

(Solo)

(Chorus)

(Intro riff)

Verse 5:
And on the corner there stands a young girl
The home she left was in the better part of town
Daddy did things she never talked about
It takes hope in a hopeless world

Verse 6:
Somebody out there gotta listen
Somebody out there got to know what Pops been talkin' about
Raise your hand, raise your hands if you're with me
Give us hope in a hopeless world

(Chorus)

Verse 7:
You've got to listen to the voice inside
Peace and love don't compromise - realize
Time is passing by
Can't be standing still!

(Chorus)

(Intro riff to close)


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last updated:12/25/1999 (Merry Christmas!)

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