(Chorus:) Why do we make walls? These walls divide us Why do we make walls? These walls just hide us Why do we make a fist? We could reach out our hands I wanna make a start, building a bridge from heart to heart Building a bridge from heart to heart.
Jackie came to my school Art class is where we met We both liked to draw people’s faces I drew her; she drew Malcom X Everyone knew we’d be best friends They heard us laughing in the hall But when I invited Jackie home, we bumped into a wall We bumped into a wall.
Jackie came to my house My mom was standing at the door She had a look upon her face that I’d never seen before All night she kept on scowling Later we had a fight She said, “Don’t bring Jackie back again, ‘cause she’s black and you’re white She’s black and you’re white.
I went to Jackie’s house Her mom was working on a song We stood around the piano bench She asked me to sing along Week by week I came to visit One day we made a casserole I took them over to my house My mom’s face froze My mom’s face froze.
Jackie’s mom reached out her hand Jackie’s mom broke on through She said, “Our daughters are best friends, I’d like to know you, too I’d like to know you, too.”
How do you make a bridge? It’s built of many days Starts with a single step Even when you are afraid Starts when you’re speaking up Starts when you’re standing tall Build a strong bridge, my friend No-one can make you build a wall No-one can make you build a wall.