Neil Wise

You Made Us Better

05:13
Neil Wise
Neil Wise & Dean Anderson

Lyrics

You made us better

A boy called Slim, was just a streak,

From Jackson’s Track, just a trickle of a creek

Taking his place in a line of nine

A young man’s dreams not refined in those times

 

Watched his old man, hands of steel,

Doing it hard, learnin’ to duck & reel

In Sharman’s tents, no place to hide

In the blood stained dirt, only the strong survived

 

A makeshift ring of rusted wire,

Gloves of rags, a heart of fire

To be “the best,” he must move on

To the big smoke, the world and beyond

 

You made us better by stepping in the ring

You made us better, “I Thank You,” you did sing

You made us better for the world that you took on

You made us better at the coming of the dawn

 

Took on a warrior of the Rising Sun, no matter the score, you’d already won

Took on the world for your people’s rights

But when you rose against the odds, you’d won the fight

 

Long after his final bell had rung

On his battles fought & won, stories told by those inspired

When Lionel rose against the odds, he’d won the fight

 

You made us better by stepping in the ring

You made us better, “I Thank You,” you did sing

You made us better for the world that you took on

You made us better at the coming of the dawn

 

You made us better when you turned the other cheek

You made us better the humble words you did speak

You made us better by taking on the fight

You made us better your spirit will never die

You made us better………………..

 

Neil Wise & Dean Anderson

© 2012 Neil Wise Music