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harry chapin – calluses (audio portion from a film excerpt) lyrics


i could tell you that, i get asked a lot of times, how i can change the world. i’ve also have been asked a lot of times, how i can be a rock and roll singer, and do you see what’s on the end of my fingers? calluses, and what that means is if you’re willing to play the guitar night in, night out, for audiences of three people. when you’re coming up and finding that even your mother says, ”


, it doesn’t sound very good.” the point is very simple. if you care enough you can have an impact. because, in the long run we’re not sure about a prior life or an after life. we’re all hoping for that. but what we can do is ma-maximize what we have in this brief flicker of time, in the infinity, and and try to milk that, and be hungry in a different kind of way. hungry for experience, hungry for meaning, and you can be terribly terribly effective if you want to be.