Lyric Love : One Man Can Change the World

181px-Clasped_handsI’ve mentioned before that I love song lyrics. I admire those writers so much because they can say so much vividly and succinctly. Occasionally, I post a video for a song that has really great lyrics.

Right now, I am totally in love with this Big Sean song I heard on the radio a couple of weeks back: One Man Can Change the World. It’s a tribute to his grandma, who was a huge inspiration and motivating force in his life. Check out Sean’s Instagram post for more on his grandma (the post was written after she died; and the song was written for her). This song works on every level: music, lyrics, message. It’s such a vivid tale that’s full of references to his life and her message of perseverance and hope to him.  Simple lyrics, lots of heart.

I particularly like the line, “With all the drive in the world, I swear, you still need gas.” It’s simple yet evocative of the idea that we can have a drive to succeed, but it won’t work unless we fuel ourselves (mind, body and spirit,)

A song called, “One Man Can Change the World,” could end up being unrealistically preachy, but I like how it does show the flip side of the coin, sometimes deadly serious, and other times with a humorous reference: “Standin’ next to Jim Carrey, we traded stories then laughed; I said you not the only one I know got rich wearin’ masks.”

Again, lovely song. Check out the video below. You can find the full lyrics here.

About RJ Crayton

RJ Crayton is a former journalist who now writes fiction. She's reported for the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, as well as the smaller publications Education Technology News and Campus Crime. She has two published novels, Life First and Second Life and blogs for Indies Unlimited and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. For exclusive content and first looks at her new work, sign up for the newsletter at
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