“I Don’t Want to Get Adjusted”

I recently changed the words and added new lyrics to an old religious song and performed it during the creativity time at a recent workshop.

The original words, written by Sanford Massengale, included “the hope of life eternal brightens all our hopes anew.” Personally, I don’t hold out much hope for eternal life! But the idea of not getting adjusted to “this world” is definitely something I’m committed to, so I changed the words and added a couple of verses:

In this world we have our troubles, sometimes lonesome, sometimes blue

But the gleam of revolution brightens all our hopes anew


I don’t want to get adjusted

To this world, to this world

We can build a new one so much better

We got to build it sooner or later

I don’t want to get adjusted to this world

And now we have global warming, rising coastlines, giant storms

And they want us to believe it’s simply the new norm


In this world we have oppression, based on sex and race and class

So let’s all rise up together, and we’ll kick them in their brass!


John Braxton

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

(Present Time 185, October 2016)

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