From the album In My Father's House

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Composed by Thomas Andrew Dorsey featuring Sam Kuslan on piano

Lyrics

It Don’t Cost Very Much (1930’s) Thomas Andrew Dorsey

TO SMILE WHEN YOU'RE HAPPY,
TO SMILE WHEN YOU'RE SAD
TO LOOK PLEASING WHEN MISTREATED
TO BE CALM WHEN YOU'RE MAD

OH, BE FORGIVING IF SOMEONE ABUSE YOU
FOR THE GOOD LORD LOOKS FOR SUCH
LIVE RIGHT EACH DAY AND SMILE ON YOUR WAY
IT DON'T COST VERY MUCH

HELP THE CRIPPLE BY THE WAYSIDE
HELP THE BLIND MAN CROSS THE STREET
BE CAREFUL BUT KIND TO STRANGERS
SPEAK POLITELY TO THOSE YOU MEET

OH BE FORGIVING WHEN SOMEONE ABUSES YOU
FOR THE GOOD LORD LOOKS FOR SUCH
AS YOU DO FOR YOURSELF
YOU CAN DO FOR SOMEONE ELSE
IT DON’T COST VERY MUCH

NO IT DON'T COST VERY MUCH
WELL TO PLACE A GENTLE TOUCH
TO GIVE A GLASS OF WATER
TO A PILGRIM IN NEED OF SUCH

WELL YOU MAY NOT BE AN ANGEL
AND YOU MAY NOT GO TO CHURCH
BUT THE GOOD THAT YOU DO
WILL COME BACK TO YOU
IT DON'T COST VERY MUCH