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"You may be an ambassador to England or France,

You may like to gamble, you might like to dance.

You may be the heavyweight champion of the world,

You might be a socialite with a long string of pearls.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed,

You’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Well it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord;

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.


You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk.

You may be the head of some TV network.

You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame.

You may be living in another country under another name.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed,

You’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Well it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord,

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.


You may be a construction worker working on a home.

You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome.

You might own guns and you might even own tanks.

You might be somebody’s landlord, you might even own banks.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed,

You’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Well it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.


Might like to wear cotton, you might like to wear silk.

Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk.

You might like to eat cavior, you might like to eat bread.

You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed,

You’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Well it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord,

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody."


Bob Dylan sang this song, "Gotta Serve Somebody" in 1979. He states a point of truth. We all have to decide who or what we will serve. Or as theologian Paul Tillich said, we have decide what our ultimate concern is in life.

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