"Don't Laugh at Me"

 
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Don't Laugh at Me
Written by: Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin
This song is from Peter, Paul & Mary's Songs of Conscience & Concern: A retrospective collection.
A country and western version by Mark Wells from Wish You Were Here was up for country song of the year 1999. His slightly different version appears below.

I'm a little boy with glasses
The one they call a geek
A little girl who never smiles
'Cause I've got braces on my teeth
And I know how it feels
To cry myself to sleep

I'm that kid on every playground
Who's always chosen last
A single teenage mother
Tryin' to overcome my past
You don't have to be my friend
But is it too much to ask?

Don't laugh at me
Don't call me names
Don't get your pleasure
From my pain
In god's eyes
We're all the same
Someday we'll all
Have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me.

* I'm the beggar on the corner
You pass me on the street
And I wouldn't be out here beggin'
If I had enough to eat
And don't think I don't notice
That our eyes never meet.

Don't laugh at me
Don't call me names
Don't get your pleasure
From my pain
In god's eyes
We're all the same
Someday we'll all
Have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me.

I'm fat, I'm thin,
I'm short, I'm tall,
I'm deaf, I'm blind,
Hey, aren't we all

Don't laugh at me
Don't call me names
Don't get your pleasure
From my pain
In god's eyes
We're all the same
Someday we'll all
Have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me.

* Mark Will's version makes a substantial change in section four of the Peter Paul & Mary version, which seems to speak a deeper truth.

I'm the cripple on the corner
You've passed me on the street
And I wouldn't be out here beggin'
If I had enough to eat.
And don't think I don't notice
That our eyes never meet.

I lost my wife and little boy when
Someone crossed that yellow line
The day we laid them in the ground
Is the day I lost my mind
And right now I'm down to holdin'
This little cardboard sign...so

Don't laugh at me
Don't call me names
Don't get your pleasure
From my pain
In god's eyes
We're all the same
Someday we'll all
Have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me.

 
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