WHAT WE OVERCOME
[ country-blues/R&B ]

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   Uncle Charlie was a humble man, born deaf, mute and blind
   He sold pencils down on the corner for a nickel, three for a dime
   Refusing to stand in a welfare line, he wasn't one to complain
   And long after he passed on fond memories of his smile remain

         If a pictureís worth a thousand words he was worth ten thousand more
         When he died the bar was raised, three tens, a perfect score
         Itís a lesson nailed down long ago written in blood and stone
         In the end it's not what we achieve but what we overcome

   They had no Special Olympics back when Uncle Charlie was born
   And while the kids chose up sides he sat on the sidelines alone
   As some climbed the social ladder and gained a little wealth and fame
   Uncle Charlie remained on the corner come sun, snow, wind an' rain

         If a pictureís worth a thousand words he was worth ten thousand more
         When he died the bar was raised, three tens, a perfect score
         Itís a lesson nailed down long ago written in blood and stone
         In the end it's not what we achieve but what we overcome

   Uncle Charlie had a good friend to whose judgment we all yield
   He knows who's deaf, mute and blind and how to level the playing field

         If a pictureís worth a thousand words he was worth ten thousand more
         When he died the bar was raised, three tens, a perfect score
         Itís a lesson nailed down long ago written in blood and stone
         In the end it's not what we achieve but what we overcome

   Uncle Charlie couldnít hear, see or speak but like his unseen friend
   He had a tough cross to bear and overcame in the end *



* Based on the life of Charles Munro, early 20th Century United States immigrant from Aberdeen, Scotland.



           


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