From the album Face of a Nation

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award winning song - Unisong International Song Contest "LUNCH" Category

Lyrics

 lonely guitar player sitting on a corner
waiting for a quarter to buy a cup of coffee
or maybe something stronger to take away the cold
lonely homeless lady gives the guy a quarter
says "i like your singing, and it looks like you need it, need it more than i do. i did ok today."

and the face of a nation is a terrible thing when people still sing for a quarter
but the face of a nation is a beautiful thing where people still give
people still give to each other
it's the face of a nation

so this guitar player sees a lonely child
and he has no coat on, says his name is Michael - "can i sit for awhile?"
"sure come take a load off" said the guitar player. "why don't we sing together, you can share my blanket, it'll feel warmer."
the boy said yes with his smile

and the face of a nation is a terrible thing when you need an address to be counted
but the face of a nation is a beautiful thing, when people still sing, people still sing

he watched Michael walk away
where was he yesterday
a million miles away
another runaway
a boy who's thrown away
he needs a place to stay

and the face of a nation is a terrible thing when you need an address to be counted
a disgrace of a nation that can buy anything, and people still need, people still need
but the face of a nation is a beautiful thing when people remember each other
to find grace in a nation when you've lost everything
it's a beautiful, beautiful thing

it's the face of a nation
the face of our nation
it's the face of our nation