No Man Is an Island Lyrics - Joan Baez

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No man is an island,
No man stands alone,
Each man's joy is joy to me,
Each man's grief is my own.


We need one another,
So I will defend,
Each man as my brother,
Each man as my friend.


I saw the people gather,
I heard the music start,
The song that they were singing,
Is ringing in my heart.


No man is an island,
Way out in the blue,
We all look to the ^One above,
For our strength to renew.


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When I help my brother,
Then I know that I,
Plant the seed of friendship,
That will never die.



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Soul Touching very inspiring. | Reviewer: George Lewis Sr. | 10/1/14

This is a song I love so much. Learned it In junior high school back in early 6o's, maybe 1962. It displays a since of love for community. Plan to use it as theme song for all Brotherhood Meetings.

Ethical humanism = love | Reviewer: Paula Beerstein | 8/26/14

Love is powerful , no manmade religions deny , all humanity should sing or listen then let love guide , if you do not believe in a higher power , please believe in love !


A fitting reminder of service...to Country, friend .community. Mankind,and all Humanity. This son comes to mind and heart whenever I think of all the fallen of war. Not just abroad but here on our streets in the USA. I especially feel strongly humbled whenever I hear names of fallen soldiers announced in church or on television airways. Although my time of military service ended many years ago; I feel as though the loss the grief is my own. I too learned this song as a young girl so very proud of my voice. More than fifty years have passed since I learned this song which is very dear to my heart. For all who serve .... Thank you ; I dedicate " No Man Is An Island ". No man stands alone , each mans joy is joy to me. Each mans grief is my own. We need one another; so I will defend; each man as my brother ; each man as my friend. "I saw the people gather,; I heard the music start. The song that they were singing is ring in my heart. We need one another ...so I will defend each man as my brother; each man as my friend.".

No Man Is an island Lyrics | Reviewer: Mary Addo | 6/20/13

I learnt this song in the early 1970's in primary school in Ghana. Yesterday in my literature class in college, we read a poem; "I am nobody, who are you?" by Emily Dickinson. After reading the poem and the Professor asked us to analyze the poem, this song came back to memory. I sang the song in class to the joy of everybody and the Professor ask us to research the lyrics and find out who wrote it. This song is a song that will never pass away!

The Realization | Reviewer: Aiezovel | 11/13/12

We are asked by our teacher to search this song to make reflections on how we describe the song in our journal. First, I thought this song was boring, but now I'm starting to love it and play it on my ipad.This song describes how a man can't survive away from a certain community. My realization is, we need someone who'll help us. We need friends and the community so we can survive.

Hope To Never Forget | Reviewer: Connie | 8/15/12

I learned this song in elementary school and today at the age of fifty I still find myself from time to time either humming or singing it. This song is very special to me because, although, I was too young to understand it at the time over the years growing up I realize I was learning a song that signify how Jesus expects and wants us to be towards one another.

To me if we really listen to the words it says that just as HE(Jesus) took all our sins and still today takes our concerns upon HIS shoulder we are to be concerned enough about our brother and sister and help them when they're going through and need our help. Also, we should not be envious, but, rejoice with them when they are blessed.

NMIAI | Reviewer: Toni Torok | 6/19/12

I can't remember which came first...learning and singing this song in my 8th grade chorus at my junior high school or from my younger years at Camp T. Frank Soles in Rockwood, PA.

We just had a reunion at Camp Soles last week (June 10-16, 2012) and this song came up. Some didn't remember the words to the second verse but I did.

This is a beautiful song that says a lot about how we should treat people. In this world or "I" "Me" "Mine" types, it is more relevant than ever for those of us who choose to be selfless rather than selfish individuals.


at SVCS, under the direction of Mabel Murphy. Then a group of four or five of us sang it at every other occasion we could think of -- an FHA convention in Manlius, NY, a Lion's club meeting -- we thought we were pretty hot stuff at age 12! *LOL* It was by far our favorite song to show off with :)

Is there a version on the web somewhere of Joan Baez singing this song?

A Sense of Togetherness. | Reviewer: Sile Clarke | 11/25/11

I'm afraid I cannot give a review as such but am trying to recall the words of the song to teach to a group of people. I think that singing together brings a sense of community and this particular song came to my mind this morning. Sadly I cannot remember the words but thought I might find them by searching on Google.

I feel that by singing this song together at the end of a class or study period gives food for though without having to preach or dictate.

Sadly I can only recall the first few lines..Can you help me? I'd be much obliged if you could.

Unforgettable | Reviewer: Jessie Hall | 3/10/11

I'll never forget this song. I graduated from high school in 1962 we sang this song in high school chourse. I found it to be very meaningful then and still do.
My sister called me this a.m. and asked for the lyrics.

We are Haranders! We are the best! | Reviewer: Harander | 6/30/10

This song may have started with Donne (echoing Terance), and it may have been sung with great feeling by Baez, but it embodies the spirit of Harand Camp, where children have been singing it for more than fifty years.

Allusion | Reviewer: Liesl Forbes | 1/6/10

Joan Baez is to be applauded for the lyrics and song, but note that the lyrics are an allusion to Meditation XVII, by John Donne (1572-1631). It is the same piece from which Ernest Hemingway took the title of his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls (... therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.)

Awesome | Reviewer: Vinnette | 8/17/09

This song is beyond words to explain its beauty both lyrics and music. I am entralled by it and I would like permission from the artist to sing it for a festival if I should be lucky to be selected as a contestant. Great artist you are Ms Joan Baez! Best wishes and continued success.

We should all live by these words | Reviewer: Sherrie Jones | 2/5/09

I first hear this song when I attended school briefly in the Caribbean. It was sang at morning devotions, I thought it was silly , but now that I am back in the USA, I finally understand the song. The words are powerful and a will bring tears to your eyes

BEAUTIFUL WORDS | Reviewer: EDWARD EUGENE BASKETT | 12/8/07

Just a note to tell you how really beautiful the words to this song are. So touching, in fact, that they make this grown man cry. I have known about this song for many years, but hand never paid much attention until recent months when a` friend of mine almost died from alcoholism. That got my attention and led me to these lovely lyrics. Thank you a thousad times over.



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