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  1. Reach Out!

From the recording Reach Out!

I attended the first Youth Conference in Prashanthi Nilyam in the summer of 1997 where I heard one of the speakers in the Poornachandra auditorium that night say... "When the hand of Sai reaches out to the people in need, they will say, Thank the Lord, you've come!"... That same night, shortly after the event was over, I collapsed from septic shock (massive infection) and was admitted to the small General Hospital for three weeks. During the first few days, while I was delerious and hooked up to IV drips, I "heard" this song percolating up inside me. Three weeks later, I was released from the hospital, having "graduated" from a wheelchair to crutches and finally to my own two feet. I returned home to the California and recorded an initial version of the song at Prema Music Studios in Santa Cruz with Lalita and Richard Karst. Lead guitars by John Alevizakis and drums by Christ Krotke were added nine years later at Little Buddha Studios in San Rafael.

Lyrics

REACH OUT
By Ladd Bogdonoff

Reach out (reach out), reach out (reach out)
Reach out in the Name of the Lord (God says....)
Reach out (reach out), reach out (reach out)
His Grace is your reward (God says....)
Reach out (reach out), reach out (reach out)
Reach out in the Name of the Lord (God says....)
Reach out (reach out), reach out (reach out)
And the earth will be restored.

Reach out to the lonely
Reach out to the lost
Reach out to the hungry
You know, God will bear the cost
Reach out to the hopeless
Those in deep despair
By your love they’ll praise His Name
‘Cause God hears every prayer..... (God says....)

(Chorus... “Reach out!”)

Reach out to the children
Take them by the hand
Protect their innocence
Till they can understand
Reach out to the homeless
And those that live in fear
When the feel the hand of God
They’ll thank the Lord, He’s here! (God says....)

(Chorus... “Reach out!”)

Serve the Lord in others
He will serve you too
Every act of selfless love
Will purify you
Reach out to each other
Every sister and brother
Reach to those in need
As you serve, you’ll both be freed...

Reach out (reach out), reach out (reach out)
Reach out in the Name of the Lord (God says....)
Reach out (reach out), reach out (reach out)
His Grace is your reward (God says....)
Reach out (reach out), reach out (reach out)
Reach out in the Name of the Lord (God says....)
Reach out (reach out), reach out (reach out)
And the earth will be restored
God says, “Reach out!”