“What You Do With What You’ve Got” by Si Kahn is the Peace Song of the Day for August 17th, as chosen by Susanna, Duchess of Peace. You can find the lyrics in the Rise Up Singing songbook on page 244, in the “Unity” section.
More about this song…“What To Do With What You’ve Got” is about how important it is to use one’s good health and talents to make the world a better place. Duke Augustus and Duchess Susanna encourage our friends and neighbors to work nonviolently for peace and an end to wars.
“For what’s the use of two strong legs, if you only run away / What good is the finest voice if you’ve nothing good to say”
The language choices in the original, and in the versions of various performers, are interesting. In the original song, there is an “un-politically correct word”, which all the versions I heard keep. I think I would change it to, “Tell me which ones are disabled, and which ones touch the sun?”.
Also, one line says, “Between those who run to evil“, which several singers changed to “Between those who run to glory“. I see a difference which I am not sure makes “glory” a good and precise replacement word.
We would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this song. Also, please direct us to your favorite version. There were only a handful of choices available at Youtube.