Go Make a Difference

This is the first of several sending forth (Go! songs) and it is a good one to start with, Steve Angrisano and Tom Tomaszek’s “Go Make a Difference”. (No52 AOV NG)  They are both famous (in the USA) Christian artists and I’ve heard this song as a rocker with massed voices belting it out to great effect.  It presses all the right recessional buttons – uplifting and with a message ringing in our ears as we leave.

The sheet music can be purchased for download at spiritandsong.

Very minor musical point – p160, second line, third verse, there is an unnecessary tie on the notes above “dif-f’rence”.

My backing is more latin than rock- it’s just felt right.  Steve’s more usual arrangement is in the You Tube video.

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Go make a diff’rence.
We can make a diff’rence.
Go make a diff’rence in the world.
Go make a diff’rence.
We can make a diff’rence.
Go make a diff’rence in the world.

Verse 1

We are the salt of the earth,
called to let the people see
the love of God in you and me.
We are the light of the world,
not to be hidden but be seen.
Go make a diff’rence in the world.


Verse 2

We are the hands of Christ
reaching out to those in need,
the face of God for all to see.
We are the spirit of hope;
we are the voice of peace.
Go make a diff’rence in the world.


Verse 3

So let your love shine on,
let it shine for all to see.
Go make a diff’rence in the world.
And the spirit of Christ
will be with us as we go.
Go make a diff’rence in the world.


Go make a diff’rence in the world.

Go make a diff’rence

In the world.

© Steve Angrisano and Tom Tomaszek, 1997.

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9 Responses to Go Make a Difference

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  2. Harlan Elkins says:

    Is there anyway I can get a copy of your arrangement for my church? I love the latin sound. Thank you for your time and help. Harlan

    • admin says:

      I’m glad you like it, and wouldn’t it be great to hear a real Latin band belt it out in a church.

      I’m unable to get you a copy, for the simple reason that it all Band in a Box really. The style is called Choro 2 and is a Brazilian samba that plays the chords from the song I entered, along with a trumpet soloist. The melody is entered stepwise.

      I’ve gone back and listened to the CD of Angrisano’s version and it full of latin percussion, so I suspect I was lifting that idea from him.

      When I play it in church I just use guitar with capo 3.

  3. unknown says:

    i love this song it can even be used for girl scouts!

  4. Jen says:

    I can’t stand this song at Mass. Way to cheesy and there shouldn’t be a rock song at Mass even for the Recessional it’s a bit much for church.

    • admin says:

      G’Day Jen.

      One person’s too cheesy is another’s apposite text. Are you not the “salt of the earth”, Jen or the “hands of Christ” in this world. St Theresa hopes you are I suspect.

      There is a lamentable eurocentrism to our music in Church. What we now loosely call sacred music was merely the secular music of another age co-opted by the church and old enough now that no-one remembers that organ music was originally popular entertainment and frowned upon by the Church. Besides the Psalms call for stringed instruments, not organs.

      This popular music called Rock comes from Black, Jewish and Scots-Irish sources, and has much to recommend it. Certainly in Australia rock music means more to people than church organ music (unsuited to hot climates where pipe organs suffer in any case).

      They say when a symbol has no meaning to a people it is dead and the same could be said for some of the music we play.

      I must try and record the way I play this song as I could never get the right feel on Band in a Box.

      Thank you for commenting, Jen.

  5. Mary says:

    Love the 3rd and 4th paragraphs of your comment – I think I’m going to borrow the phrase “lamentable eurocentrism”!

  6. Joan Cook says:

    Thank you for these wonderful lyrics that could fit any faith! We sang it at our Newman Center (college student center) last Sunday. It is a wonderful, simple
    song anyone could use as inspiration throughout the week!

  7. Debbie Adkins says:

    Is there a soundtrack available?

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