We want to do a tune Written for today, for this hour For Dr. Martin Luther King We've stated before that the whole program is dedicated to his memory But this tune is written about him, and for him and so We had yesterday to learn it and so we'll see
Once upon this planet earth Lived a man of humble birth Preaching love and freedom for his fellow man
He was dreaming of a day Peace would come to earth to stay And he spread this message all across the land
Turn the other cheek he'd plead Love thy neighbor was his creed Pain humiliation death, he did not dread
With his Bible at his side From his foes he did not hide It's hard to think that this great man is dead (oh yes)
Will the murders never cease Are thy men or are they beasts? What do they ever hope, ever hope to gain?
Will my country fall, stand or fall? Is it too late for us all? And did Martin Luther King just die in vain?
Cos he'd seen the mountain top And he knew he could not stop Always living with the threat of death ahead
Folks you'd better stop and think 'Cause we're heading for the brink What will happen now that he is dead?
He was for equality For all people, you and me Full of love and good will, hate was not his way
He was not a violent man Bigotry had sealed his fate We can all shed tears but it won't change a thing
Teach your people, will they ever learn Must you always kill with burn and burn with guns And kill with guns and burn Don't you know how we gotta react? Don't you know what it will bring?
Well see he'd seen, the mountaintop And he knew he could not stop Always living with the threat of death ahead
Folks you'd better stop and think Cause everybody knows were on the brink What's will happen now that the king of love is dead?
Cause see he'd seen, the mountaintop And he knew he could not stop Always living with the threat of death ahead
Folks you'd better stop and think and feel again For we're headed for the brink What's gonna happen now? In all of our cities? My people are rising; they're living in lies Even if they have to die Even if they have to die at the moment they know what life is Even at that one moment that ya know what life is If you have to die, it's all right Cause you know what life is You know what freedom is for one moment of your life What's gonna happen now that the King is dead?
I heard, that um, well we've heard all kinds of stories But I heard That this was his favorite song near the end of his life
Last year or a year ago, maybe a little longer than that now Lorraine Hansberry left us, and she was a dear friend She had her favorite song, that Langston Hughes left us Coltrane left us, Otis Redding left us Who can go on, do you realize how many we have lost?
Then it really gets down to reality, doesn't it? Not a performance, not microphones and all that crap But really something else
We've lost a lot of them, in the last two years But we have remaining, Monk, Miles
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And of course, for those we have left we are thankful But we can't Afford any more losses, oh no, oh my god They're shooting us down one by one Don't forget that Because they are Killing us one by one
Well all I have to say is that those of us who Know how to protect those of us that we love Stand by them and stay close to them And I say that if there'd been a couple of more a little closer to Dr. King he wouldn't have got it Just a little closer to him, stay there, stay there We can't afford any more losses
He had seen the mountain top And he knew he could not stop Always living with the threat of death ahead Folks you'd better stop and think For we're almost to the brink What will happen, now that the King is dead?
Writer/s: Calvin E. (gene) Taylor
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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