„If we only have love
We can melt all the guns
And then give the new world
To our daughters and sons.If we only have love
Then Jerusalem stands
And then death has no shadow
There are no foreign lands.“

If Only We Have Love (1957)
Contexto: If we only have love
We can melt all the guns
And then give the new world
To our daughters and sons. If we only have love
Then Jerusalem stands
And then death has no shadow
There are no foreign lands.

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"The Power and the Glory" http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/power-and-the-glory.html from All the News That's Fit to Sing (1964)
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Variante: We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.
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