Be Like Earl

from Drop the Bone by David Gans

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Earl Crabb was a brilliant man

A gentle man, and generous

His Rolodex was heavy

And his attic was voluminous

He had a million tales to tell

And every one was true

I’m a better man for knowing him

And a better friend to you

Earl Crabb was an easy man

A laughing man, and sociable

To stand before his camera

Was to be well viewed and notable

He had a million friends, you know

And every one was real

A friend of Earl’s is a friend of mine

That’s just the way I feel

Let’s ignore the dominant paradigm

And practice random kindness all the time

Treat our customers like neighbors

Not the other way around

A little more “Share this planet”

And a little less “Stand your ground.”

This world will be a better place

For every boy and girl

If we all do our best to be like Earl

Earl Crabb was a software man

When very few were doin’ it

He made the world a better place

Enhancing and improvin’ it

I know I’m not the only one

Who's benefited thus

So I’m making it my mission

To pass on his gifts to us

Let’s ignore the dominant paradigm

And practice random kindness all the time

Treat our customers like neighbors

Not the other way around

A little more “Share this planet”

And a little less “Stand your ground.”

This world will be a better place

For every boy and girl

If we all do our best to be like Ear
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I will do my very best to be as kind as Earl

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from Drop the Bone, released November 29, 2017
DG - guitar, vocals
Suzy Thompson - violin, vocals
Eric Thompson - mandolin
Allegra Thompson - bass, vocals

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