I've Been Him 

See that wino in the gutter
I've been him
See that wino in the gutter
Well I've been him
See that wino in the gutter
Watch him stumble hear him stutter
As he cries out for his mother
Well I've been him

See that soldier with his gun
Well I've been him,
See that soldier with his gun
Well I've been him,
See that soldier raise his gun
Watch him kill and see him run
And then forget the things he's done
Well I've been him

Hey - I've been him, I've been him
I've been him, and I've been you
Tell me ain't you been there too ?

See that brave man standing trial
Well I've been him,
See that coward run and hide
Well I've been him,
See that finger-pointing preacher
See that never learning teacher
Every crawling, crying creature
Well I've been him

I've been him, I've been him
I've been him, and I've been you
Tell me ain't you been there too  ?

See that little baby cry
Well I've been him
See that old man about to die
Well I'll be him, someday I'll be him
When I'm tall enough to stand
So's I can reach and touch God's hand
Then I believe I'll understand
And I'll be him

And when I'm tall enough to stand
So's I can reach and touch God's hand
Then I believe I'll understand
And I'll be him

Words & Music by Shel Silverstein
Published by Tro Essex Music Ltd. 1996