If I could choose one message for my little niece and nephew to carry with them and guide them, this is it. If I could write a song and sing it to them everyday, these would be the lyrics. If it filled their ears and guided their steps, so many choices in life would be made easier, and I’m convinced their lives would be more satisfying.

Everyone has their price
And why should they not?
Dollars bring dreams
Of beauty and yachts
Success they keep saying
Is money spent freely
Is a self-made man
Above most all feelings

Don’t you believe them
Those are all lies, my honey
Disgrace, trick, and harm
Some things we don’t do for money
The value we hold
Won’t exchange or diminish
It’s the head on our shoulders
The energy within us

We don’t trade our bodies
Or spare our convictions
We don’t laugh at others
Or become a victim
We don’t quiet the voice
That speaks out for justice
We don’t ignore the truths
That challenge or confront us

With good times and spokesmen
They’ll try to confuse you
Prizes, jewels, and glitter
But none of them will do
Because you won’t believe them
Those are all lies, my honey
Disgrace, trick, and harm
Some things we don’t do for money