Pinwheel of Death

Anita Baker


SONGS

Writers James Weldon Johnson, John Rosamond Johnson

Genres Standard, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Ballad, Instrumental, Americana, Choral, Film Music

Recorded 1990

Lyrics LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING,
TILL EARTH
AND HEAVEN
RING,
RING WITH THE HARMONIES
OF LIBERTY;
LET OUR REJOICING RISE,
HIGH
AS THE LISTENING SKIES,
LET IT RESOUND
LOUD
AS THE ROLLING SEA.

SING A SONG
FULL OF THE FAITH
THAT THE DARK PAST
HAS TAUGHT US,
SING A SONG
FULL OF THE HOPE
THAT THE PRESENT
HAS BROUGHT US;
FACING THE RISING SUN
OF OUR NEW DAY BEGUN,
LET US MARCH ON
TILL VICTORY IS WON.

STONY
THE ROAD WE TROD,
BITTER
THE CHASTENING ROD,
FELT IN THE DAY
THAT HOPE
UNBORN
HAD DIED;
YET
WITH A STEADY BEAT,
HAVE NOT
OUR WEARY FEET,
COME TO THE PLACE
ON WHICH
OUR FATHERS SIGHED?
WE HAVE COME OVER
A WAY
THAT WITH TEARS
HAS BEEN WATERED,
WE HAVE COME,
TREADING OUR PATH
THROUGH THE BLOOD
OF THE SLAUGHTERED,
OUT
FROM THE GLOOMY PAST,
TILL NOW WE STAND
AT LAST
WHERE THE WHITE GLEAM
OF OUR STAR IS CAST.

GOD OF OUR WEARY YEARS,
GOD OF OUR SILENT TEARS,
THOU WHO HAS BROUGHT US
THUS FAR ON THE WAY;
THOU WHO HAS BY THY MIGHT,
LED US INTO THE LIGHT,
KEEP US FOREVER
IN THE PATH,
WE PRAY
LEST OUR FEET STRAY
FROM THE PLACES,
OUR GOD,
WHERE WE MET THEE,
LEAST OUR HEARTS,
DRUNK WITH THE WINE
OF THE WORLD,
WE FORGET THEE,
SHADOWED BENEATH
THE HAND,
MAY WE
FOREVER STAND,
TRUE
TO OUR GOD,
TRUE
TO OUR NATIVE LAND.