A Better Way  by Tim Seston

G                                                            C
Why does Grandpa always lose in Candy Land
G                                                          D
Some might say he really doesn't care
 G                                                         C
But when the children win a game of Candy Land
G                                  D                             G
Grandpa winks and rocks back in his chair

G                                                 C
Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho, He, He, He, He
C                   D                                D7
Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Hay, Hay, Hay, Hay
G                                       C
Winning is exciting but so's the way you play
C                         D                       G
And Grandpa's found a better way

G                                                                C
Sometimes we lead, sometimes we follow
C                          Am                                   D    D7
Sometimes we freeze, sometimes we stray  
   G                             G7                     C                         
And when we start to balance what's important in our lives
C                       D            D7      G
Then we have found a better way.


Why did Sherlock have a friend in Watson
Sharing all he did and what he saw
Sometimes we need a little bit of spirit
And other times the letter of the law.               

Hey let's stretch out.  Wave side to side.
Do what you do. Do it with pride.
And share ideas with others as you go about your day
And you might find a better way.


Why do people stand their ground and argue
What’s the sense in proving right and wrong?
There’s magic in us coming all together
Like many voices singing out a song.   

La, La, La, La, Bip Badup Bop Be
La, La, La, La, Bip Badup Bop Bay
Sing along with me yes It's going to be OK
And you will find a better way.         
A Better Way
Playing Together
I opened up an email sent to me by a colleague in the Children's
Music Network while I was sitting in my Dad's living room
listening to him and Luke play Candy Land.  The email was
about a new initiative that the People's Music Network was
beginning:  encouraging songwriters to write about current
social issues.  

I didn't have one specific idea in mind but rather a general sense
that finding a little balance would do us all a bit of good.

Then Luke laughed deep in his belly as he picked the Sugar
Plum Fairy card that moved him toward the top of the game
board.  My dad's wife called out something like "Grandpa this is
the seventh time in a row your opponent has won."  

I didn't enter the contest but I wrote this song that afternoon.