All That You Have Is Your Soul Lyrics - Tracy Chapman

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Oh my mama told me
'Cause she say she learned the hard way
Say she wanna spare the children
She say don't give or sell your soul away
'Cause all that you have is your soul

So don't be tempted by the shiny apple
Don't you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul

I was a pretty young girl once
I had dreams I had high hopes
Married a man he stole my heart away
Gave his love but what a high price I paid
All that you have is your soul

Don't be tempted by the shiny apple
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Don't you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul

Why was I such a young fool
Thought I'd make history
Making babies was the best I could do
Thought I'd made something that could be mine forever
Found out the hard way one can't possess another
And all that you have is your soul

Don't be tempted by the shiny apple
Don't you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul

I thought, thought I could find a way
Beat the system;
Make a deal and have no debts to pay
Take it all, I’d take it all, I'd run away
For me myself first class and first rate
But all that you have is your soul

So don't be tempted by the shiny apple
Don't you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul

Here I am, I'm waiting for a better day
A second chance
A little luck to come my way
A hope to dream, a hope that I can sleep again
And wake in the world with a clear conscience and clean hands
'Cause all that you have is your soul

Don't be tempted by the shiny apple
Don't you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul

Oh my mama told me
'Cause she say she learned the hard way
Say she wanna spare the children
She say don't give or sell your soul away
'Cause all that you have is your soul

All that you have
All that you have
All that you have
Is your soul



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All that you have is your soul | Reviewer: Paulino guia | 5/8/13

I think, that's a generous song and everybody need to think it, you can have cars, too mutch money, gold or diamond but everything you have is your soul 'cos you can't lose it. We're pure because we have got the soul.

Pandora led me to this song.... | Reviewer: Robby | 4/6/13

This song is a reminder to me that our mothers who carried us and gave us life who are our biggest fan/advocate! In God's purpose we continue to seek Love and Cherish our souls through life's trials. Our mothers seek only the best for us and she passes on her own trials to remind us that we have our souls to preserve from temptation.

unsung psalm | Reviewer: Makhokhoba | 8/23/12

You always my mentor Tracy your voice in this song unsung psalm it make a woman 's mind go bald. Tracy you are the hero of my heart god be with you. Rock the world we are listening for your inspiring words.

Sitting up all night in a nursing home | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/5/12

Spending the night beside my 89-year-old aunt's bed, the halls of the nursing home are quiet except for the valiant staff who keep watch and care. This song came into my imagination and kept singing itself to me, the voices of all the souls here who have been stripped down to their essence. I am humbled and grateful!

I love this | Reviewer: Kessie | 2/1/12

Tracy is like a mum to everybody, the song addresses the problems by giving a courage and strength to have a strong belief in God. I've listened to the song since i was around 13, liked it though didn't understood what it says and now in my early 20 the song makes me stronger in spirit. Thank God for her being her.

Its a matter of sacrifice.ma soul!thembenimabhena | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/8/11

It reminds me of a lady that gave birth to me my very special mum though she never sang or listened to the song in ma presence she jus spoke the same words.the only confidence,pride,joy and most expensive asset l have is ma soul even if l cherish spending a lyf tym with a soul l kal one with mie.no one can predict the next minute he might think twice this priveledge l thank God for.

All that you have is your soul. | Reviewer: john ogwudu | 4/7/11

This is the song that i so much love. Because it reminds me that a day will come ie on the last day when all that you ever laboured for will not matter to you any more.Because you are not going to meet the Lord with any thing except your soul.

all that you have? | Reviewer: Jackao | 3/22/11

i`m from brazil, them apologize for the rustic english. i`m not religious but this song says on its own words everything life brings us. nowdays our material belongs are so important that we forget to think what we really need, what really make us happy. i had to lose everything i have to start seeing this life as it is. all that you have is your soul, money, people that call theirselves friends, car, house, happiness... someday you can lose all this, and all you can count is your soul and your mom. thats it, thats all. its not easy to be on your own. songs like these can help us see things like they really are, for some.

THE ANSWERS ARE SIMPLE, ACTIONS HARD | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/16/11

THIS SONG SUMS UP LIFE FOR MOST OFMUF US. WE MAKE THE MISTAKES AND SUFFFER THERN REST BOF MOUR LIVES BECAUSE WE DIDN'T THINK FIRST. EVERY ACTION HAS A REACTION, WE ACT BEFORE WE THINK THINGS THROUGH

lover | Reviewer: lady mazz | 3/29/10

for me this song reminds me that as long as i would say i love him, he is mine. the fact of the matter is that i do not own him and its a priviledge to be with him, so i dont have to base my life on him cause any minute he might be gone and all that i would have sacrificed will be the most paining thing. so ladies take heed of your lives, be the leader of your life least you regret it a big deal and by then you wont have the means to turn back your life into track

brings me to tears | Reviewer: Daughter | 9/7/09

The other day this song was playing when i was in the car with my mother... she told me this was her song for me... i just cried my eyes out... it is important to remember that the only thing you truly own in this world is your free will and your soul and how important it is to be concious of how the decisions you make effect it

be undaunted | Reviewer: Abubakar Imam | 1/28/09

Life is funny. It does not always work as we anticipate. Nonetheless, amidst plethora of cruxes,there is something that keeps us going and if you lose it, you will kiss the ground. This something is our soul.If, for instance, you trade your body or part of it for money, you have lost your soul and you are dead.

A simplistic lesson in how to handle your life | Reviewer: Madelaine | 5/9/07

This is an amazing song, the beautiful music is almost incidental to the message. I have sat both of my children down to listen to this song and we enjoyed a discussion that ranged from choosing freinds, standing up for yourself, not taking drugs and above all how to live your life with dignity. Personally it reminded me of my role in leading my family by example.



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