Lyrics: This song was commissioned by Peacemakers: The New Generation, and it appears in their new book. The concept of "Pitfalls" is the behaviors or actions that get in the way of resolving a conflict. "Pitfalls" is also an acronym, and we put this into the Bridge of the song.
It had been a bad day, and nothing was right
Then you were rude to me, and we started to fight
I shoved you and began to shout
You hit me back, then someone said "Time out!"
Pitfall, pitfall - what a mistake
Pitfall, pitfall - time to take a break
We’ve got to talk to each other, so the fighting will cease
It’s time to step into the Circle of Peace
You called me a snob, so I said, "That’s a lie!"
You said, "You better stop, or I’ll make you cry!"
"It’s all your fault that we’re in this mess"
"That’s not true - we should both confess"
You wouldn’t listen to me when I tried to explain
But it seemed quite clear that we both were to blame
If we don’t interrupt, we can each have our say
We’ll talk it out and have a better day (and find a better way)
(Bridge ñ rap:)
P: pushing, hitting ñ causing violence and fear
I: interrupting ñ so that no one can hear
T is threatening ñ to make people scared
F: failing to listen to the feelings that are shared
A: avoiding taking due responsibility
L: labeling or calling names ñ it hurts you and me
L: lying or exaggerating ñ truth cannot come out
S: screaming doesn’t help ñ let’s talk instead of shout
It’s time to step into the Circle of Peace.
Jenny Heitler-Klevans: lead vocals
David Heitler-Klevans: lead & harmony vocals, keyboards,
Jeff Lee Johnson: electric guitar
Mayra Casales: percussion (congas, shaker, bongos, agogo
Stan Slotter: trumpets
Jay Davidson: tenor and baritone saxophones
Kids’ Chorus: Keilan Barber *, Ciara Barratt *, Marlee Berger *, Sara Blackman *,
Thomas McKenzie-Smith*, Sasha Narine, Becca Neckritz *, Sophie Samaha *, Alyssa
Townsend *, Anita Zhu (* =