People Need the Lord
The two young men who wrote the song “People Need the Lord,” Greg Nelson and Phil McHugh, give this story—
We were trying to write a song one day. We spent most of the morning talking about ideas. We decided, about lunch time, to go to a restaurant near my office in Nashville. After we were seated, a waitress came to our table.
As she approached us and smiled, it seemed that her eyes were so empty. She was trying to convey a cheery attitude, but her face seemed to say something else. She took our order and walked away.
Phil and I looked at each other and one of us said to the other, She needs the Lord.
We then began looking around the restaurant at all of the people there. They, too, seemed to have an emptiness in their faces. We sensed a real heaviness in our hearts as we watched them. Suddenly we realized that all of those people need the Lord. Just as quickly we both thought, We need to write that—people need the Lord.
We finished our meal and went back to my office and sat down to write what was in our hearts. The pictures from the restaurant that remained in our minds, coupled with the realization that millions of people around the world are also groping for some ray of light, gave rise to this.
People Need The Lord
Every day they pass me by, I can see it in their eye;
Empty people filled with care, headed who knows where.
On they go through private pain, living fear to fear.
Laughter hides the silent cries only Jesus hears.
People need the Lord. People need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.People need the Lord. People need the Lord.