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Fran McKendree: Music

Rise Up, Be Strong

(Fran McKendree)
July 23, 2019
Fran McKendree

I've written "Rise Up, Be Strong" in response to this climate of fear and xenophobia currently being fostered by the current admin.  All proceeds will go to the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, GA. I'm joined on the recording by the members of the AwakeningSoul Ensemble, Lindsey Blount, vocal, Isabel Castellvi, cello, River Guerguerian, percussion, Charles Milling, electric guitar, and Chris Rosser, keys. Spoken intro by my dear friend Dr. Catherine Meeks. Here's the link. Thanks for your support! Rise up, be strong!

RISE UP, BE STRONG words/music Fran McKendree © 2019 Neath Music BMI

WELL, WHO WOULD  SAY THIS BATTLE CAN’T BE WON,
WHILE POWER AND GREED AND HATRED BLOCK THE SUN?
WHEN TRUTH AND HOPE, SWEET FRAGRANCE OF THE PAST,
THROWN IN THE GUTTER, BREATHING THEIR LAST?

WELL, COMMON SENSE WILL TELL YOU RIGHT FROM WRONG,
AND WHICH SIDE OF THIS FIGHT YOU SHOULD BE ON.
HEART, BEATING IN YOUR CHEST, WILL LET YOU KNOW,
AND GUIDE YOUR FEET ON WHICH ROAD TO GO.

    RISE UP, RISE UP, RISE UP BE STRONG.

DECEIT AND FEAR, THE SWORD OF ‘ME AND MINE’
THEY ARE THE STONES, ‘BEEN THROWN THROUGHOUT ALL TIME.
THEY’RE USED TO BUILD A WALL THAT SAYS ‘YOU CAN’T COME IN’
SEE MY FOLDED ARMS, SEE MY SELF - RIGHTEOUS GRIN.

    RISE UP, RISE UP, RISE UP BE STRONG
     RISE UP, RISE UP, RISE UP BE STRONG

A MIGHTY WAVE PROCLAIMS THE RISING TIDE,
WHEN THE PRINCE OF CHAOS HAS NOWHERE LEFT TO HIDE.
WHEN LOVE AND JUSTICE HOLD THE HIGHER GROUND,
TAKE COURAGE, FRIEND, WE WON’T BE TURNED AROUND
TAKE COURAGE, FRIEND, WE WON’T BE TURNED AROUND.

    RISE UP, RISE UP, RISE UP BE STRONG.
    COME SING THIS SONG, RISE UP BE STRONG.

    RISE UP, RISE UP, RISE UP BE STRONG.
    COME SING THIS SONG, RISE UP BE STRONG.