Wendell Hall
Henry
 
Lyrics
Henry
By
Harry Wendell Hall

I spent the afternoon, fishing with Henry, as we have so many times.
Call it a habit, call it a ritual, it's an important one in our lives.

We had a few beers, a cigar or two, then we went to his home to eat.
His wife Betty and his daughter June, prepare a meal that can't be beat.
Then we talked some more, had some coffee and pie, it's always hard to leave.
So much deeper and richer my life is, for knowing people such as these.

(Chorus)
Henry and I. we've been through it all, maybe to hell and back.
I didn't notice, 'til somebody told me, Henry's skin is black.


There's a lot of talk, I've been hearing here lately about how many different races there are.
But in my mind, there are only two kinds: good and bad at heart.
Have we all forgotten what a great man said, not that many years ago?
It's not the color of the skin but the character within, that a man should be judged upon.

(repeat chorus and opening chord progression

Wouldn't it be fine if we were all color blind?


(wrtten1995; recorded and released 2010


Credits
Lyrics Credits: Harry Wendel Hall
Music Credits: Harry Wendel Hall
Producer Credits: Harry Wendel Hall
Publisher Credits: Two Keys Music
Performance Credits: Wendell Hall
Label Credits: Two Keys Music
Description
Short Song Description:
Protagonist is white and his best friend is black although he never really "...noticed, 'til somebody told me".
Long Song Description:
The song is about an ideal situation where we are equals to each other without regard for color or race. There are only two races "good and bad at heart".
Story Behind the Song:
Segregation was ending when I was a baby in the south.In 1995 the OJ Simpson trial,in my mind,turned the clock back by making it all about color,not character. This was my response.
Metadata
Song Length: 3:25
Primary Genre: Folk-Country
Secondary Genre: Country-General
Tempo: Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Judgement
Mood 1: Composed
Language: English
Era: 2000 and later
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