Love in a Time of Want

Image  Migrant agricultural worker’s family. Seven hungry children. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is a native Californian. Destitute in pea picker’s camp, Nipomo, California, because of the failure of the early pea crop. These people had just sold their tent in order to buy food. Of the twenty-five hundred people in this camp most of them were destitute, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black and White Negatives, U.S. Library of Congress,LC-USF34- 009093-C


Is there a place for love in this time of want?
A way to show you care in this hour of need?
A way to take a stand when you fear you can’t
Keep the faith in an age of greed?

Mothers tell your daughters, fathers teach your sons
Though we got hard times now, we ain’t the only ones
For our brothers and sisters across this hard land
Make a place in your heart, and lend a helping hand

And when the bankers and bosses and inheritors of wealth
Sit on the backs of other saying “it’s each man for himself”
Stand up and raise your voices, tell ‘em their mistake:
That the measure of a man is more than how much he can take

And that there’s a place for love in a time of want
That you can show care in an hour of need
And you can take a stand, when you fear you can’t
Keep the faith in this age of greed
You can keep the faith in an age of greed