Don't Laugh at Me
Performed by Pete Paul and Mary

Commentary by Steven Goldsmith, April 2007

I went to Peter Paul and Mary concert on Friday, April 20 in Red Bank, NJ. I have been a fan of their music for 30 years. They played one song that I had not heard before and it really touched me. I hope you will enjoy it too. Youtube version

Iím a little boy with glasses
The one they call a geek
A little girl who never smiles
íCause I have braces on my teeth
And I know how it feels to cry myself to sleep
Iím that kid on every playground
Whoís always chosen last
A single teenage mother
Tryiní to overcome my past
You donít have to be my friend
But is it too much to ask

Donít laugh at me
Donít call me names
Donít get your pleasure from my pain
In Godís eyes weíre all the same
Someday weíll all have perfect wings
Donít laugh at me

Iím the beggar on the corner
Youíve passed me on the street
And I wouldnít be out here begginí
If I had enough to eat
And donít think I donít notice
That our eyes never meet

Donít laugh at me
Donít call me names
Donít get your pleasure from my pain
In Godís eyes weíre all the same
Someday weíll all have perfect wings
Donít laugh at me

Iím fat, Iím thin, Iím short, Iím tall
Iím deaf, Iím blind, yes, I think in a way, weíre all
Iím black, Iím white and I am brown
Iím Christian, Iím Jewish, and I am Muslim
Iím gay, Iím lesbian, Iím American Indian
Iím very, very young, Iím quite aged
Iím very wealthy, Iím very, very poor

Donít laugh at me
Donít call me names
Donít get your pleasure from my pain
In Godís eyes weíre all the same
Someday weíll all have perfect wings
Donít laugh at me

My country Ďtis of thee
Oh, sweet land of liberty
It is of thee that I sing