I’ve A Duty, I’ve A Reason
By Lance Landall

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I’ve A Duty, I’ve A Reason
By Lance Landall

Would I like a stately home, one amidst gardens most expansive,
One that's standing in an area where the rich and famous live?
Yes, a million dollar mansion, one with treasures in every room,
One that's sporting a swimming pool — one that's befitting a tycoon?

Would I like a speedy Ferrari, a stylish Lamborghini,
Or a garage that is full of cars, waxed and gleaming just for me?
And a chauffeur to drive me around, and open and close the door
As I stepped out in flash clothing that would leave admirers in awe?

Would I also like a bank account that is bursting at the seams,
Along with investments here and there, that incredible wealth screams?
And properties all around the globe, a large yacht, a plush hotel,
A cook, maid, butler and gardener, and a private jet as well?

No, for that just isn’t me, but there is another thing, you see,
As I couldn’t in all conscience given there's so much poverty.
No, all this wealth that might well be mine, could save thousands every day,
Therefore, how could I rest easy, and such indifference display?

Yes, I could give some money; even half of the money I own,
But the rest of it that I'd have left, would still have me sigh and groan,
For even that much I don’t need, and thus more people I could aid
If I just lived a simple life, and one's duty didn’t evade.

No, I don’t need such riches — and besides, such wealth so wrong would be,
Unless I kept on giving, keeping just what's sufficient for me,
For while many are starving daily, or in abject poverty,
I’ve a duty, I’ve a reason, to act very responsibly.

Yes, many are dying daily, or are suffering needlessly,
While money that could help so much, is just being squandered recklessly.
Thus, if I didn’t do the right thing, I also, guilty would be,
For I’ve a duty, I’ve a reason, where I’ve capability.

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