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Powerful (Samantha Smith)
Song For Teaching Lyrics and Sound Clip
Jonathan Sprout


This song is available on Jonathan Sprout's American Heroes #4

Samantha Smith (1972-1985) was a bright and expressive schoolgirl whose optimism warmed the hearts of millions around the world. At a time when the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be on the brink of nuclear war, she innocently wrote a letter of peace to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov. His warm response and her two-week journey to his country inspired countless Americans and Soviets to rethink their hostile views of each other. As a powerful symbol of hope and “America's youngest ambassador for peace,” she helped create an atmosphere of love, respect, and joy. Tragically, her life was cut short at the age of 13 when she and her father died in a plane crash. She taught the world an important lesson: If people try hard enough, they can get along.

"The people of the world seem more like people in my own neighborhood. I think they are more like me than I ever realized."—Samantha Smith

Lyrics:

A ten year old girl from the state of Maine
Reads the scary news, wants her mom to explain
About nuclear war.
They say the USSR
Keeps building bombs that can travel this far.
How come? And what on earth for?
“Why can’t we get along, get along together?
Please write someone a letter?”

Refrain: Powerful! Powerful!
Now it may be hard to see,
Sometimes little things can be powerful.


Her mom tells Samantha what she already knew:
“A letter would be better if it came from you.”
So she gathers her thoughts to say what she meant.
She writes, “I’ve been worrying. It isn’t right.
Why do you want war? We should never fight.”
Off to Russia, the letter is sent.
Four or more months go by.
Patience. There is no reply.

Refrain

Bridge: Peace can be grown from the tiniest seed.
Andropov writes back and the world gets to read:

“Dear Samantha, we are just like you.
We do not want war. We are peaceful, too.
Please be our guest and visit us here.”
There in the Soviet Union, Samantha’s name
Becomes a symbol of hope. She finds world-wide fame --
A girl on a quest, a peace pioneer.
And as she makes her friends behind the Iron Curtain,
She learns one thing is for certain:

Refrain: She is powerful.
Now it may be hard to see,
Sometimes little girls can be powerful.

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Many thanks to Jonathan Sprout for permission to publish these lyrics.
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