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Throughout the years as a songwriter I have not been inclined to advance any messages or political agendas with my songs. But when the plight of famine for children robs them of their innocence, grace and childhood peace, then that's something I can feel proud to try to make a difference with my songwriting.

I wrote this song for the Oxfam cause and it was included on a compilation cd to raise funds and awareness against child famine.

(c) Boss Hook Music ASCAP 2008

John LaMantia: Lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, drums programmed, production, arrangement and mix.
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Lyrics
It’s Up To You

© Words & Music John LaMantia 2008

It’s time to think about
All those that live without
The ones who struggle hard
To get a better deal of cards
There’s something you can do
To help to see them through
To find some happiness
Shine some light into their darkness


It’s up to you
We need you now
To show your strength
To teach us how
You’ve got to know
The help you give
Will make a change
A difference in the way we live
It’s up to you
We need you now


Along the path of life
The pain, the loss and strife
The times you feel so low
Believing there’s no place to go
Imagine those that know
Much less than you can show
They fight for food to eat
For shoes upon their children’s feet


It’s up to you
We need you now
To show your strength
To teach us how
You’ve got to know
The help you give
Will make a change
A difference in the way we live
It’s up to you
We need you now
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Uploaded: May 28, 2008 - 10:30:17 AM
Last Updated: May 28, 2008 - 10:30:17 AM Last Played: Jun 02, 2019 - 12:10:02 PM
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Comments
said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
its Up to You
NOW YOUR SINGING> NOW YOUR TALKING BRILLIANT.

You sing this absolutely brilliant and you mean it. Great music as well.

I did a lot of charity work for Oxam and the Special Baby Care Unit
at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester . Thank you Boss.

Peace Dee xxx
Macaudion said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Beautiful...
... and, ohhh, so sweet!

Thanks! Macca



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woofer3 said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
I like just about everthing
about this record, it's easy to listen to and I don't have to struggle to understand the lyrics as the vocals are really clear as is the rest of it. A;so very catchy.

Most enjoyable,

John
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Feter said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
It's Up to You
this is awesome my friend ..very touchy and honest
loved all your effort here ..your vocals work here
is just amazing ..the setting the insteruments ..
all so marvelous ..what a message on a song ..thats
true music ..thnx for sharin !!!
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lavalamp said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Nice Work
Unselfish song. Nice, when you can give back.

LL
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magnatone said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
It's Up To You
Wonderful vocals, wonderful song - what a great back story too! Thanks
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Scott Carmichael said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Hey John "Someday Somewhere"
hopeful and masterfully done... you'll get an Amen from me...

great song sensability... I can tell your ears have been in school all these years
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BossHook said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Thanks
Scott, I immensely enjoyed reading about the paths you have taken in this great forest we call music and life.
LunaTrick said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Very thoughtful and contemplative
Nice guitar work - good vocal doubling in the chorus.

Enjoyed it!
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guitapick said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Fine songwriting...
...and the production/performances is top notch.....

Couldn't possibly think of a better message, either...it's about the children...
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Godchaser said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Giving Back
I'd like to give you your second Amen!Well done John.

Blessings,
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J.A.Stewart said 4045 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Some Things Transcend Politics
Starving and suffering children is most certainly one of those things. Kudos to you John, for lending a hand --- and a bunch of talent --- to this cause.

Lots of good things happening in this tune, but I must say the guitar work is exceptional... well-played and right on the musical money. Very cool stuff. ;)


--- Joe
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BossHook said 4044 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Thanks
Joe, always impressed to have you stop by.
said 4044 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Amazing!
I'm always looking forward to hear a new song from you. This is just another top notch work my friend, great musical soundbed, fine vocals and a great production... please more! I love your work!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
BossHook said 4044 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Thanks
Yemen, it's inspiring to have such diverse artists here in this community.
Barretok said 4043 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Nice & melodic
I really like the lyrics. Your singing is always good John. Very cool track!
B
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Barretok said 4043 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Oh yeah!
Great guitar tone!
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Vic Holman said 4043 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
very nice
um, i agree with whats been said, can't add much except good message, good heart and congrats on be included on the CD
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Name: John LaMantia
Location: Chicago Illinois USA
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Singer, songwriter and guitarist working at it since the age of 10. I have been fortunate to perform and record with some great writers and musicians along the way and now I enjoy seeing my kids also start down their own musical paths. This is a ... [see more]

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