JoAnn Abbott - Why

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There is no specific hero or villain in this piece, rather it is up to the listener to decide who is singing- the ”good guy” or the “bad guy”. When starting this project I realized how close the back stories of both heroes and villains were, and how they often had very good reasons for doing what they do- just different philosophies about how to get there. For the hero, they are doing it because it has to be done; for the villain, because it has to be done- HIS way. One seeks glory much of the time, the other doesn’t- he will tell you that the real heroes are the ones who didn’t make it out alive.

So who do YOU think is singing this? A hero? Or a villain?


If not me, then who?
If not now, then when?
I never want to bear that feeling
Of regret again
When I missed my chance for action
When I let it slip away
And like a fool I stood there
As my dreams all died that day- well never again.

So I’ll be the who
And this is the when
I’ll not stop until I see
My hopes made real again
You might want to call me crazy
I’ll admit my plans are strange
But I’ve looked around and I know
That this world has got to change- it’s time to begin

Don’t try to to tell me I won’t make a diff’rence
You won’t convince me not to try-
I have the will now, and I have the power
Get out of my way and watch me fly- watch me fly!
If not me- then WHO?
If not now- then WHEN?
I’ve made my choice and counted the cost
I won’t hesitate again
This is my chance this is my moment
This is the time to make my stand
If you won’t help then get back
I am off-up and away
This is my life.


from SpinTunes #1: Round 1, released June 25, 2010
Words & music by JoAnn Abbott
Piano accompaniment & music by Dave Leigh




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