Well I see him on the TV Preachin' 'bout the promised land He tells me to believe in Jesus And steals the money from my hand Some say he was a good man But Lord I think he sinned, yeah Twenty-two years of mental tears Cries a suicidal Vietnam vet Who fought a losing war on a foreign shore To find his country didn't want him back Their bullets took his best friend in Saigon Our lawyers took his wife and kids, no regrets In a time I don't remember In a war he can't forget He cried "Forgive me for what I've done there Cause I never meant the things I did"
[Chorus] And give me something to believe in If there's a Lord above And give me something to believe in
Oh, Lord arise My best friend died a lonely man In some Palm Springs hotel room I got the call last Christmas Eve
And they told me the news I tried all night not to break down and cry As the tears rolled down my face I felt so cold and empty Like a lost soul out of place And the mirror, mirror on the wall Sees my smile it fades again
Sometimes I wish to God I didn't know now The things I didn't know then Road you gotta take me home
I drive by the homeless sleeping on a cold dark street Like bodies in an open grave Underneath the broken old neon sign That used to read Jesus Saves A mile away live the rich folks And I see how they're living it up While the poor they eat from hand to mouth The rich is drinkin' from a golden cup And it just makes me wonder Why so many lose, so few win
You take the high road And I'll take the low road Sometimes I wish to God I didn't know now The things I didn't know then And give me something to believe in