INAUGURAL REDRESS - lyrics by Lorenzo Cherin on a theme from John F. Kennedy



ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY I DEDICATE THIS TO HIS MEMORY :

I recall , now , the man, concerned, those good times then and the words spoken

And I know just how much they meant , long before the spell could be broken

Don't ask what our planet can do for us

But what we can do for our planet

I regret the way things have turned , this whole mess to which we've awoken

Now I know there's anger to vent , and a world to mend or it's broken

Ask not what this old world can do for you

What can we do to build a new world

I resolve before we've adjourned , that these words be more than a token

For I know to us this world's leant , it's a promise not to be broken

Ask not how to plan it or make a fuss

We've got things to do on this planet

I redress the balance we spurned , Ho Chi Minh City, to Hoboken

Don't we know , like a circus tent , our world is a circle unbroken

Ask not when the circus will come to town

But when you can go join the circus

And not what our planet can do for us

But what we can do for our planet

And not what this old world can do for you

What can we do to build a new world

And let's not just plan it and make a fuss

We 've so much to do on this planet ...


Author : Lorenzo CHERIN