Powerful by Jonathan Sprout on Tuneful Tuesdays

Member Jonathan Sprout provides this song about the inspiring story of Samantha Smith. It’s on his new album, American Heroes #4

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I wrote this song with Dave Kinnoin to help bring to light Samantha’s inspiring story. She was a remarkably confident little girl who bravely followed her heart, and in doing so, showed the rest of us how effective one determined person can be. I hope children who are learning her story are feeling empowered to live richer, more charitable, and more confident lives.

Samantha Smith
Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith (1972-1985) was a bright and expressive schoolgirl whose optimism warmed the hearts of millions around the world. At the age of 10, when the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be on the brink of nuclear war, she wrote a letter of peace to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov. His warm response and her two-week journey to his country inspired countless Americans and Soviets to rethink their hostile views of each other. As a powerful symbol of hope and “America’s youngest ambassador for peace,” she helped create an atmosphere of love, respect, and joy. Tragically, her life was cut short at the age of 13 when she and her father died in a plane crash. She taught the world an important lesson: If people try hard enough, they can get along.


By Jonathan Sprout & Dave Kinnoin

A ten year old girl from the state of Maine

Reads the scary news, wants her mom to explain

About nuclear war.

They say the USSR

Keeps building bombs that can travel this far.

How come? And what on earth for?

“Why can’t we get along, get along together?

Please write someone a letter?”


 Powerful! Powerful!

Now it may be hard to see,

Sometimes little things can be powerful.

Her mom tells Samantha what she already knew:

“A letter would be better if it came from you.”

So she gathers her thoughts to say what she meant.

She writes, “I’ve been worrying. It isn’t right.

Why do you want war? We should never fight.”

Off to Russia, the letter is sent.

Four or more months go by.

Patience. There is no reply.



Peace can be grown from the tiniest seed.

Andropov writes back and the world gets to read:

“Dear Samantha, we are just like you.

We do not want war. We are peaceful, too.

Please be our guest and visit us here.”

There in the Soviet Union, Samantha’s name

Becomes a symbol of hope. She finds world-wide fame —

A girl on a quest, a peace pioneer.

And as she makes her friends behind the Iron Curtain,

She learns one thing is for certain:


She is powerful.

Now it may be hard to see,

Sometimes little girls can be powerful.

©2014 Kanukatunes (ASCAP) & Song Wizard Music (ASCAP)


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