Annie Lennox - Universal Child Lyrics




How many mountains must you face before you learn to climb?
I'm gonna give you what it takes, my universal child.

I'm gonna try to find a way to keep you safe from harm.
I'm gonna build a special place, a shelter from the storm.
And I can see you, you're ev'rywhere, your portrait fills the sky.
I'm gonna wrap my arms 'round you, my universal child.

And when I look into your eyes, so innocent and pure,
I see the shadows of the things that you've had to endure.
I see the tracks of ev'ry tear that ran right down your face.
I see the hurt, I see the pain, I see the human race.
And I can feel you, you're ev'rywhere, shining like the sun.
I wish to God that kids like you could be like ev'ryone.

How many tumbles must it take before you learn to fly?
I'm going to help you spread your wings, my universal child.

I'm gonna help you to find a way to keep you safe from harm.
We're gonna build a special place, a shelter from the storm.
I can feel you, you're ev'rywhere, shining like the sun.
I wish to God that kids like you could be like ev'ryone.
And I wish to God that kids like you could be like ev'ryone.





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  1. Joe Davis

    God, how beautiful!!

  2. oof me

    I sang this in year 3 last time now in year6 and I cried my eyes out so much just our class new the song

  3. Xxxx _

    الى صغيري في المستقبل : شهشه

  4. Iaponira Barboza

    Who is listing in 2019? From Brazil 🇧🇷

  5. Henry Rusasa

    Where the hell was I?
    2019, they don't produce stuff like this anymore!!

  6. Amy Victoria McEwen

    I am listening in 2019! Annie Lennox is a totally inspiring person for me. She sings with such soul and such honesty. Her voice is so beautiful. And she is a true humanist - an altruist! Of course, she was born on Christmas Day! I would give anything to go to England in March and hear her speak at the conference she is involved in. Thank you Annie Lennox for being you! You are a true Bodhisattva.

  7. mzmiller52

    Ellen Greene brought me here. Both are great, but I imagine it would be hard to do a bad version of such a song.

  8. Sibusiso

    who is listing in 2018!

    mark anthony lloyd

    2018 Into 2019

    MARILYN WAYTE

    @mark anthony lloyd 2:52pm CT Texas, USA. Annie knows how to spread love around the world.

  9. Michael Beninate

    Happy early birthday, Annie.  I love you.  Don't ever stop what you do.

  10. An N

    Beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time...we are all part of the human race. Hopefully one day people with hate in their hearts will realize that. Thank you Annie for this timeless song.

    Kevin Beck

    lovely comments

  11. MrScotmac

    i still want a new one

  12. louise stanley

    To my precious darling daughter I love u so much xxxxxxxxxxx

  13. moonlitenmagic

    For my sweet baby Phoenyx, stillborn on January 1, 2016.

    m m

    we lost our child & she would have been 42 now , still hurts but she is with us ,they never go .and they make you strong to carry on

    regalcanary

    Deep sympathy.

    m m

    Thank you & PEACE & LOVE for all

    m m

    she will led you when times are hard & make you happy one day.peace & love

    ziggy622

    I just discovered this beautiful song and I saw your poignant words. I hope time is helping you heal. My prayers are with you. Jurgen

  14. hector merly

    Cucumber and banana brought me here

  15. Jayne Lord

    XXX all my friends and Family

  16. Andrew White

    Come on people this is the BEST EVER song and performance of all;; time. Get a heart

  17. charlene roberts

    I would like 2 download this tune so i can blootooth it 2 a friend please help?

  18. charlene roberts

    I would like 2 download this tune so i can blootooth it 2 a friend please help?

  19. Achim Fox

    Ein wunderschönes Lied

  20. Ted Toote

    How have I missed this beautiful song until now?

    Kassi Ydris

    i love this song

    moonlitenmagic

    I remember her singing this on tv for the first time. Broke me down into tears. It's a beautiful song.

    martin schoech

    @moonlitenmagic think I 1st heard it on Letterman, it was late night any way, for me, and cried and told wife we needed the disc. love this song forever.

  21. Phillip H George

    Beautifully Done Bravo!!

  22. Pedro Raigal

    soy español y amo a anni besos desdes españa bravo

  23. Martha Segura

    A beautiful song for all seasons.

  24. Gwen Newton

    one beautiful soul

  25. J S

    When I hear this song, I can't help but to think of those poor little Angels (including the adults) in Newtown. This song is a perfect song for them and I get very teary eyed. God Bless them.

  26. tommy dobson

    a true gift from god..too put others so high above one self is a true calling .. the feeling and compassion she put forth is amazing indeed.. a true angel sent from god.. thank you annie

    Kevin Beck

    brlliant comment for very special singer

  27. LOIODICE CHRISTOPHE

    Moving song.

  28. megan H

    was my mates funeral song this so sad when i listen 2 it just makes me sad rest in peace jordan kenny & james doran yous will never be forgotten promisse xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  29. Kirsten Kramar

    we sang this for school choir

  30. Monika Jordan-Johnson

    I can't stop listening to this song, over and over again, I just don't get tired of it! It touches the very core of my soul!

  31. Kitty le Fay

    Oh, Annie. How your voice puts a smile on my face.

  32. gaetano503

    I love this song, perfect for the holiday season ... annie lennox great.......!!!!!!!!!

  33. Mummy Bug

    this song was played at my sleeping angels funeral and inspired my video, please take a look and be aware of the subject of stillbirths thankyou for such beautiful music annie xx

  34. nefertori

    love this song i dedicate this song to all the wonderful children in this world.

  35. W Ali

    I could listen to this song forever. I was never a great fan of Annie but this song touched a place deep down inside me that no other song has ever done and the sincerity in Annie's voice is just so out of this world.

  36. Il0veIreland


    INCREDIBLE <3 FELT SONG! THOSE WHO DO NOT LIKE THIS SONG, DON'T HAVE A CLUE!

  37. mandi78

    amazing song

  38. paolinogino

    Bellissima

  39. MrTurney01

    amazing job. amazing woman. god bless

  40. Nemesis7293

    @yksikaksikolmen So, Annie is racist if she doesn't have brown hair???......You're a fucking moron.

  41. Sangberg

    I like this song. But i wonder why Annie colours her hair white, and in the same brethe she want a big brown man and his fourteen children. Why dont try black hair or brown? And send all her many to African childhood ??
    Thats respect Annie .

    Dont whissle the whissle if you cant blow the blow.

  42. Thomas Nostrevis

    R.I.P JORDAN KENNY & JAMES DORAN!!
    TAKEN FROM US SO FAST !!
    LOVE YEAH BOYS !! X

  43. Mister Stelio

    Hallo ik vind het een mooie liedje.

  44. Kalonzo Mombasa

    What an amazing song...........just filled my eyes with tears......the voice and the feelings that have gone into this song is so touching.............great lady and outstanding song.

  45. Paul Crawford

    beats the shite we have in the charts just now. every artist should take a leaf out of this woman's book.

    Utterly BRILLIANT

  46. Dora Palmer

    @drmartyn Thank you so much! Every prayer counts!!

  47. Huub Derks

    Annie Lennox is always in my mind.
    She touches my hart.
    Thanks

    Huub

  48. The Dude

    i like it!!!! :)

  49. sunstreak1

    such a beautiful song. brings tears to my eyes every time i hear it :')

  50. disenocolor

    Please, we have to worry so much more, for all our Kids.
    Thanks Annie...

  51. M1SSMAGIC

    this for kristians 1st birthday x x x

  52. Dora Palmer

    My 3 year old cousin is in the hospital with a rare heart defect. She has survived strokes, surgeries, and more pain than any grown adult has had to face. Yet she is the strongest and happiest little girl I've ever met. This song reminds me so much of her. Keep on dancing MJ. I love you so much!

  53. Maurice Price

    Great lyric's, but is it a rip of Jackson Brownes, " Call It A Loan " ? Me think's, it's very similar

  54. Laila Elisabeth Hall

    Such a very beautiful song with a powerful message!

  55. Just Me

    so what are you gonna do, people? just keep it on your iPod or spread the message? so many of you I see every day walking around pissed off with an angry face. and I just keep smiling back at you, but for some reason you look even more angry and want to push me out of your way. so I gently step aside and let you keep walking. you better have a great destination, otherwise Annie's words are wasted on you! I don't think she cares about your praises. I think she wants to see more humans among us

  56. Man of many wars

    only 130,621 people have listened to such an amazing song

  57. termite2491

    Nice to see Annie back

  58. RozumUniversalRobot

    so what are you gonna do, people? just keep it on your iPod or spread the message? so many of you I see every day walking around pissed off with an angry face. and I just keep smiling back at you, but for some reason you look even more angry and want to push me out of your way. so I gently step aside and let you keep walking. you better have a great destination, otherwise Annie's words are wasted on you! I don't think she cares about your praises. I think she wants to see more humans among us.

  59. ajsfree

    This song is unreal!.......just beautiful!

  60. Craig Bennett

    Great sounding song. But, the music and massaging of the lyrics sounds identical to Eric Clapton's "Holy Mother".
    Did he allow the music to be used by her?

  61. ClipFan888

    Great song)))

  62. GrantMeSerenity1971

    Miss Lennox always stood for great music, one hell of a voice and a lot of class...and she still does. Luckily some things never change :-)

  63. Rapn Frizzy

    just saw this on christmas at the whitehouse. i am a huge death metal/heavy metal and all around hardcore fan, but i just wanted to say she has the greatest voice i have ever heard, and i am not afraid to admit that.

  64. BlueWilz1

    Excellent vocals Annie - I can hear your heart speak through your music!! :-)

  65. luck93

    Hey guys...it likes: Eric Clapton feat Luciano Pavarotti - Holy Mother. Listen :)

  66. ClipFan888

    Great song...))) Rgds from Germany

  67. Kim Wiese

    just beautyfull ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  68. Molly Miller

    she sang this at christmas in washington 2010, and i backed her up

  69. sadclub bob

    this is class

  70. zauriel1

    Wonderful!!! Love this song! And, again, a song that shows why Annie Lennox IS one of my fav female artists of all time---She is in the classy Diva category (along with Aretha, Cher, Dolly, )..

  71. 1970gypsycowgirl

    Hi love the song but where can i get the 3.20 version, all the ones I've found are 4.14? Anyone help?

  72. Toshi Jamir

    love this song

  73. manystar

    Annie Lenox : pop music that's pure class

  74. Seth Aloo

    she is awesome,wonderfull voice with a tourching message.

  75. Fuzz122

    oops... R.I.P replay button :/

  76. Alessandria01

    Annie du bist und bleibst die Beste...niemand kann so viel Emotionen allein mit seiner Stimme zeigen, wie du es kannst.

  77. Koulla Theoharous

    This is actually a beautiful song when i hear this on the radio.

  78. JA C

    Beautiful song. I could listen to Annie's voice anytime.

  79. Irene Shennan

    Lovin it!!

  80. Volksfest TV

    Wonderful, amazing, brilliant, fantastic, there are no words to describe this perfect song!!!!

  81. Ronald Hoerstmann

    Es läuft mir eiskalt über den Rücken. Dieses Lied gestern von Annie gesungen
    ist einmalig. Sie hat auch sehr authentisch gesprochen. Danke, daß wir Dich hören durften. Es ist unvergesslich.

  82. BickMaek1970

    Das Lied hat sie heute im deutschen Fernsehen gesungen, wunderschön... und man sollte heute den 1. Dez. nicht als Welt-Aids-Tag vergessen... Danke Annie!

  83. Greenockianx

    I have two sons aged 20 and 22 - the thought of either of them getting caught up in a war or with Aids simply fills me with dread. This song has a powerful message that we should pay heed to - we have a responsibility to our children and to others' children too and to those children who have no-one. It's actually not complicqted at all is it?

  84. johnmcd7

    Brilliant, Annie!!! The entire cd 'A Christmas Cornucopia' is filled with stunning vocal and musical arrangements of some very familiar songs, but done with such a new and fresh approach, I never get tired of listening to it!

  85. Dan Robson

    Just heard this for the first time in the car on Radio 2. Back at the office, first thing to do was find it and listen again! Wonderful song.

  86. beatlegreg07

    this is beautiful. it's annie's 'imagine'. brings joyful tears to my eyes.

  87. Jasminka Kristina Valter Gustovarac

    Always beautiful....especially when your a mummy or daddy....!!!!!! GREAT!!!!!!!

  88. Rebekah W.

    @linardp3 yes she does :)

  89. Dez Turner

    QUALITY TUNE!!

  90. TheQueerOfSoul

    she sings the clearest melodies ;)

  91. chsf

    DISAPPOINTED!

  92. Man of many wars

    this song is so beautiful

  93. Andrew Leshovsky

    @JoannofHtown Brava ;)

  94. Leela G

    i love this song !!!!

  95. K Timbers

    Fantastic...heard her perform Universal Child this morning on TV. Wow...

  96. innishbiggle1

    unbelieveable song amazing words and music have heard this played on the London radio station Magi for days but never knew it was sung by annie,special song

  97. rifrafrulez

    @manxfaerie Is it? Has she said that?

  98. william wiltrack

    Too beautiful. Just too beautiful...