Ricky Skaggs - The Selfishness In Man Lyrics




I saw a little beam of sunlight steal across a purple sky
And bend down to kiss a rosebud oh it made me wanna cry
To think that I had been permitted to see a part of nature's plan
Oh, there's nothing that stands out more than the selfishness in man.

Little children painting pictures of the birds and apple trees
Oh, why can't the grown up people have the faith of one of these
And to think those tiny fingers might become a killer's hand
Oh, there's nothing that stands out more than the selfishness in man.

Why can't we see the folly and the uselessness of hate
Love could lead to understanding maybe it's not loo late
Then perhaps in his great wisdom we might learn to understand
Then there'd be no shame or sorrow and no selfishness in man.

Why can't we see the folly and the uselessness of hate
Love could lead to understanding maybe it's not loo late
Then perhaps in his great wisdom we might learn to understand
Then there'd be no shame or sorrow and no selfishness in man...





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  1. Jasen Collins

    2 awesome talents!

  2. john marshall

    We need more songs like this Not the crap they record today

  3. Bill Doe

    Leon Payne was just as good a songwriter as George Jones was a singer, never ever be another George Jones,

  4. Linda Fields

    One of the truly great duets and songs that never got it's true accolades.  Wonderful message here.

  5. Freds Best Country Music

    rest in peace George Jones Love Your Singing You And My Facebook Friend Ricky Skaggs

  6. Sheila Wolfe

    Ricky an George sing this song an it tells the truth love ya both . We will miss ya George.

  7. verbaud

    A song for the kids in Newtown and all children who suffer because of grownup people.

  8. Kelton King

    The rest of the world needs to listen to this song.

  9. dadsgirl0423

    BOY WHAT A TREAT MY TWO FAVORITES ON STAGE TOGETHER. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I HAVE TO ADMIT GEORGE YOU ARE MY FAVORITE. I DEDICATE THIS SONG TO MY BEST FRIEND AND DAD WHO I LOST NOVEMBER 19, 2008. I WISH I COULD HEAR YOU VOICE ONE MORE TIME MY BEST FRIEND. YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH I MISS YOU.

  10. Myrtie Le Payne

    I remember when Daddy wrote this, after Whitman did his deadly sniping at UT

  11. bigdeal701

    It doesn't matter who it is old George Jones could sing with anyone, and make them sound better by doing so. Great song by two all time greats may their legend live on.

  12. wearcotton

    Just fabulous, love it. Some may argue, but George in the 90's for me was in his prime, that voice was like fine wine.

  13. pedalman

    Ricky is a great country singer but George is just majestic, his voice is seamlessly smooth. The way he tails off the words and moves the mic away so he doesnt get a harsh cut off then comes smoothly in with gorgeous phrasing.
    We have to conclude that George is the greatest country vocalist ever and will hold that benchmark until life on earth ceases to exist.

  14. Orbie Olsson

    What a touching song by two terrific singers.

  15. Orbie Olsson

    This a beautiful & very touching song!

  16. Tadeusz Piotrowski

    Thanks for share ginmillsinger
    Great Song !

  17. Brian Lawrence

    Thanks Bill nice one ..

  18. jtls8

    Two great artist!!!
    Thank you Bill for sending.

  19. makeminecountry2

    george done a tribute album called ' george jones sings the great songs of leon payne' and is now out on cd

  20. makeminecountry2

    yes and don't forget that other texas guy the writer leon payne who wrote this song, george jones recorded this solo in the 1960's on musicor records

  21. makeminecountry2

    yes george did record this in the 60's and it came out on an lp called' george jones sings the great songs of leon payne, was written by master texas songwriter leon payne who wrote lots of great songs and some recorded by jim reeves.

  22. 57hms19

    George recorded back in the mid 1960s while at Musicor Records I believe.Not sure of its origin though.H.

  23. E T

    lol i didnt mean cook i meant Cool* lol King George Jones!!!

  24. E T

    Cook King George Jones!

  25. makeminecountry2

    thanks for that nice comment, one of the great songs from the 60's and written by master texas songwriter the late and great leon payne.