Peter Alsop

Music for Children and Adults

Gotta Lotta Livin' To Do

From the album Pluggin' Away Buy Now

- a song for kids about AIDS

GOTTA LOTTA LIVIN’ TO DO

I've got a friend with AIDS, he’s just like me and you

I’ve got a friend with AIDS, we gotta lotta livin’ to do!

Somedays we get sad, so here is what we do,

We play together as much as we can

And I love him a lot 'cause he’s my friend, yeah,

Me and my friend with AIDS, gotta lotta livin’ to do!

 

Verse 1:  What is AIDS?             It’s a virus bug

What can you do?                     Well, I give’m a hug

You hug your friend?                 Sure, and he hugs me

But aren’t you scared?               Well, I used to be

I’d be scared!                          You’d learn alot

What would I learn?                   What’s safe, what’s not

Could I get AIDS?                      That’s hard to do

But some kids have it                Yes, that’s true

Where’s the AIDS?                     It’s in his blood

What if he bleeds?                     We patch him up

'Cause AIDS won’t let his blood   cells fight (repeat)

So I shouldn’t touch his blood?     You’ve got that right!!

 

Chorus: I’ve got a friend with AIDS, and someday he might die

But someday, so will you, and someday so will I

Somedays we get sad, so here is what we do,

(Instrumental break)

Me’n my friend with AIDS, we gotta lotta livin’ to do!

(Instrumental Chorus)

 

Verse 2:  What if he cries?     We wipe his eyes

You touch his tears?             There’s no need for fears

What about his ears?            With a cotton swab

You clean his ears?!             No! That’s his job!

What about his spit?             He swallows it!

What about his hair?             No virus there!

His breath is fine?                Smells just like mine!

Does he feel ashamed?         No, he’s not to blame!

 

Chorus: I’ve got a friend with AIDS, and someday he might die

But someday, so will you, and someday so will I

I’ll tell you what I’m thinkin’ of, when we’re afraid, we just can’t love

And loving’s how I want to be, so I don’t let fear take over me!

Here’s what we can do,

We can play together as much as we can

And I love him a lot 'cause he’s my friend, yeah,

Me and my friend with AIDS, we gotta lotta livin’ to do,

Gotta lotta livin’, gotta lotta livin’, gotta lotta livin’ to do!

 

Written by Peter Alsop, ©Copyright 1989, Moose School Music (BMI)

On Pluggin’ Away, Songs On Loss and Grief, & Ebenezer’s Make Overwww.peteralsop.com

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