No Need Debating On It

Don't say nothing unless it's something,
That's gonna add what has been had...
To improve lives with a doing to do.
Let it be said...
Don't say nothing unless it's something,
That's gonna add what has been had...
To improve lives with a doing to prove!

Too many people have been blocked from doors locked.
And...
Too many have dropped tears from their eyes they can't stop,
Awaiting for relief...
To free them from deceit and spoken evils.

No need debating on it,
People want action and quick.
No need debating on it,
People are tired of lip.
No need debating on it...
People want relief they can believe,
That will free them from all evils.

Don't say nothing unless it's something,
That's gonna add what has been had...
To improve lives with a doing to do.

People want relief and want it quick.
And...
People have grown tired of hearing lies from lips.
No need debating on it...
People want release to free from evils.

Don't you dare say nothing,
Unless it's happinesss that you give...
With it offered.
And not to put it up for a bid,
To fill your coffers.

Don't you dare say nothing,
Unless it's happinesss that you GIVE!

GIVE!

GIVE!

No need debating on it...
People want their happiness lived!

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Comments (4)

Let's stay close to the facts of this poem. The tangible rather than the abstract moral revelation espoused by the clergy of all denominations is what matters. For Whitman the physical object alone constitutes evidence and carries conviction in a world of flux and uncertainty.
I believe this peom speaks of Whitman's quest to show the people what is good. I also agree with Brian on the part about the clergymen and how they often would preach things like slavery that were wrong and cruel but I don't think it was limited to this.
Brian Scott thinks that this poem by Whitman expresses is discomfort in the fact that religion preaches racism and he expresses his need to correct this in You shal see how i shall stump the clergymen and confound them.
This guy sounds like he will do what he wants and how he wants to do it. he is very open minded.