It Better End Soon - Chicago

[Submitter's Note: This lyric is transcribed *exactly* from the inside cover of the Chicago 2 album, including spacing, grammar, capitalization, etc.; no aspect of it has been changed from that format. A note from the band is included in brackets after the lyric, itself including a small Producer's Note, all as it was included without brackets in the album cover. The album itself, created and released during U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, is a powerful commentary; most directly on the Vietnam War, more generally on war itself, more deeply on the need for each and every human to open their hearts to all their fellow human beings regardless of any and all differences, and most deeply on the human soul and the universal need for freedom and for love and belief of one another. Pay close attention to these lyrics; the entire song, and indeed the entire album, can be interpreted in important ways that have nothing to do with war and fighting. Some songs in the album are not actually on the surface related to war or fighting at all. BTW, this song is in four movements; the first movement, second and fourth movements have lyrics, and the third is mostly instrumental with some nonlyrical vocals. This lyric covers all four movements.
*NOTE!* THE SEGMENT IN BRACKETS AT THE END OF THIS LYRIC IS NOT PART OF THE SONG'S LYRICS. IT IS A NOTE FROM THE BAND INCLUDED IN THE ALBUM INSIDE COVER FROM WHICH THE LYRICS WERE TAKEN. DO NOT INTERPRET IT AS LYRICAL OR AS PART OF ANY CHICAGO SONG.
"It Better End Soon" lyric begins immediately below.]

Can't stand it no more. The people dying. Crying for help. For so many years. But nobody hears. Better end soon my friend. It better end soon my friend.

Can't take it no more. The people hating. Hurting their brothers. They don't understand. They can't understand. Better end soon my friend. It better end soon my friend.

Hey, everybody. `Won't you just look around. Can't anybody see? Just what's going down. Can't you take the time? Just to feel. Just to feel what is real. If you do. Then you'll see that we got a raw deal. They're killing everybody. I wish it weren't true. They say we got to make war. Or the economy will fall. But if we don't stop. We won't be around no more. They're ruining this world. For you and me. The big heads of state won't let us be free. They made the rules once. But it didn't work out. Now we must try again. Before they kill us off. No more dying! No more killing. No more dying. No more fighting. We don't want to die. No, we don't want to die. Please lets' change it all. Please let's make it all Good for the present. And better for the future. Let's just love one another. Let's show peace for each other. We can make it happen. Let's just make it happen. We can change this world. Please let's change this world. Please. Let's make it happen. For our children. For our women. Change the world. Please make it happen. Come on. Come on. Please. Come on. It's up to me. It's up to you. So let's do it now. Yeah. Do it now.

Can't stand it no more. The people cheating. Burning each other. They know it ain't right. How can it be right. Better end soon my friend. It better end soon my friend.

{With this album, we dedicate ourselves, our futures and our energies to the people of the revolution....And the revolution in all of its forms.

Robert Lamm
Jerry Kath
Walter Parazaider
James Pankow
Lee Loughnane
Daniel Saraphine
Peter Cetera
James William Guercio

January 1970

Producer's Note: This endeavor should be experienced sequentially.}
[Submitter's Note: "This endeavor" refers to the album Chicago 2, not the song It Better End Soon.]

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