Ry CooderAlways Lift Him Up/kanaka Wai Wai

(Alfred Reed)/(Traditional) (G) - (C) - (D) (G) When a fellow has the blues and feels discouraged And there's (C) nothing else but trouble all his (G) life When he's always grumbled at and never happy Living with a scolding, aggravating (D) wife If he's (G) sick and tired of life and takes to drinking Do not pass him by, don't greet him with a (C) frown Do not fail to lend a hand and try to (G) help him Always lift him up and (D) never knock him (C) down (G) If he stays out late at night because he's worried And because his home is not what it should be Have a smile for him whenever you should meet him It would help him just the right way, don't you see If he gambles when he's in the town or city Tell him what he ought to do to gain the crown Lend a hand and do not fail to show him pity Always lift him up and never knock him down If he cannot pay his debts and feels disgusted If he's blue and doesn't have a word to say Let him know you are his friend who can be trusted It would cheer this lonely fellow on his way If he finds it hard for him to keep his family Let a kind word greet his ear when he's around Don't say anything at all to make against him Always lift him up and never knock him down If he has no friends and everyone's against him If he's failed at everything that he has tried Try to lift his load, to help to bear his burden Let him know that you are walking by his side And if he feels that all is lost, and he is falling Try to place that poor man's feet on solid ground Just remember he's some mother's precious darling Always lift him up and never knock him down Always lift him up and never knock him down
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