From the recording With Us, Not for Us

 
 
 

 
In Woodstock Animal Sanctuary founder Jenny Brown’s powerful book, The Lucky Ones, she explains that animals are “with us, not for us.” They are companions, not commodities. Each is an individual, with his or her own purpose, able to experience love and pain, and worthy of our respect and protection.

Lyrics

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WITH US, NOT FOR US 
 
With us, not for us
To love, not to own
We share this life’s journey
We don’t walk alone
We’re different, yet equal
In God’s eyes, in mine
And the bond forged between us
Endures beyond time
 
Let me see what you see, let me hear what you hear
Let me love as you love, let me sing without fear
The song of your beauty, the song of your soul
A song of celebration where all are made whole
 
With us, not for us
On four legs or two
On wings rising skyward
Or fins bathed in blue
Forgive what we’ve done
Guide our hearts to be true
You’re with us, not for us
That’s our promise to you
 
Let me see what you see, let me hear what you hear
Let me love as you love, let me sing without fear
The song of your beauty, the song of your soul
A song of celebration where all are made whole
 
© 2013 words by Daniel Redwood and music by B.J. Leiderman
 Published by B.J. Leiderman Music (ASCAP)