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Tom Jones – What Good Am I?


What good am I – if I’m like all the rest
If I just turn away – when I see how you’re dressed
If I shut myself off – so I can’t hear you cry
What good am I?

What good am I – if I know and don’t do
If I see and don’t say – if I look straight through you
If I turn a deaf ear – to the thundering sky
What good am I?

What good am I – while you softly weep
And I hear in my head – what you say in your sleep
And I freeze in the moment – like the rest who don’t try
What good am I?
What good am I?

What good am I then – to others and me
If I’ve had every chance – and yet still fail to see
With my hands tied must I – not wonder within
Who tied them and why – and where must I have been?

What good am I if I say foolish things
And I laugh in the face – of what sorrow brings
And I just turn my back – while you silently die
What good am I?
What good am I?
What good am I?

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2 comments on “Tom Jones – What Good Am I?

  1. SingerSavedMe

    Tom Jones saved my life as a young, depressed teenager. His powerful voice and gift for lyrics were like a salve to my youthful, raw emotions. Only later did I realize he was what psychology calls, “an object of transition,” something or someone that you attach to and which carries you through challenging times. His choices in albums & CDs — the artistic ones, not the pop hits — carried me through a lifetime. I am always grateful when I see others acknowledge the more artistic songs, such as “What Good Am I.” Thank you for sharing it with those who may have never heard it. There is beauty, power, and healing in song and sound — even if only for moments.


    • drheckleandmrjibe

      Thanks for the comment and I’m really glad you found an object of transition. I absolutely love the lyrics in this song. To some extent they shame me into action and other times they remind me of what good it is to be a person who wants to help other people.

      All the best,


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