did i make a difference lyrics – the oak ridge boys

i’m caught up in the push and shove
the daily grind, burning time, spinning wheels;
i wonder what i’m doing here
day to day, year to year, standing still.

somewhere there’s a teacher with a heart never quits
staying after school to help some inner-city kids,
a mother who’s a volunteer, a soldier in the fight,
and i can’t help but ask myself when i lay down at night.

[chorus:]
did i make a difference in somebody’s life?
what hurts did i heal?
what wrongs did i right?
did i raise my voice in defence of the truth?
did i lend my hand to the dest*tute?
when my race is run, when my song is sung,
will i have to wonder
did i make a difference?
did i make a difference?

i’ve been working hard to make a living
and forgetting what true living is.
taking more than giving; something’s missing.
lord how long can i go on like this?

there’s a lonely old man down the street and i should be ashamed,
i’ve never been to see him; i don’t even know his name.
there’s kids without their supper in my own neighbourhood.
will i look back someday and say that i did all i could?

[chorus]

when my race is run, when my song is sung,
will i have to wonder
did i make a difference?
did i make a difference?
did i make a difference?

/ the oak ridge boys lyrics