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“Tell Me Why” A video for discussion

“Tell Me Why” was sung by Declan Galbraith when he was around ten years old. The lyrics surfaces out the issues about war, environment and poverty. This angelic voice represents a child’s desire to help the world and questions why innocent people and animals have to go through all these ordeal. This is an impactful video and its meaningful lyrics reaches out to our hearts. This stimulus material can encourage students to express their views about social, environment and world issues and they can also reflect on how they can help. This may be of interest to teachers teaching languages, social studies and character and leadership lessons.

Lyrics:

In my dream children sing a song of love for every boy and girl

The sky is blue and fields are green and laughter is the language of the world

Then I wake and all I see is a world full of people in need

Tell me why (why) does it have to be like this?

Tell me why (why) is there something I have missed?

Tell me why (why) cos I don’t understand.

When so many need somebody we don’t give a helping hand.

Tell me why?

Everyday I ask myself what will I have to do to be a man?

Do I have to stand and fight to prove to everybody who I am?

Is that what my life is for to waste in a world full of war?

Tell me why (why) does it have to be like this?

Tell me why (why) is there something I have missed?

Tell me why (why) cos I don’t understand.

When so many need somebody we don’t give a helping hand.

Tell me why?

(children) tell me why? (declan) tell me why?

(children) tell me why? (declan) tell me why?

(together) just tell me why, why, why?

Tell me why (why) does it have to be like this?

Tell me why (why) is there something I have missed?

Tell me why (why) cos I don’t understand.

When so many need somebody we don’t give a helping hand.

Tell me why (why,why,does the tiger run)

Tell me why (why why do we shoot the gun)

Tell me why (why,why do we never learn)

Can someone tell us why we let the forest burn?

(why,why do we say we care)

Tell me why (why,why do we stand and stare)

Tell me why (why,why do the dolphins cry)

Can some one tell us why we let the ocean die ?

(why,why if we’re all the same)

tell me why (why,why do we pass the blame)

tell me why (why,why does it never end)

can some one tell us why we cannot just be friends?

Posted byTan Yen Chuan

Centre for Pedagogical Research and Learning (RGS PeRL)

Raffles Girls’ School


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