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Songs about dr martin luther king

GUEST,ifor 15 Jan 07 - 04:40 PM
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Subject: Dr Martin Luther King
From: GUEST,ifor
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 04:40 PM

Today is a public holiday in America to celebrate the life and dream of Dr Martin Luther King.Have any songs about him entered the folk tradition since his death in 1968?
IFOR


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Subject: RE: dr martin luther king
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 04:45 PM

Not the folk tradition, but Stevie Wonder wrote 'Happy Birthday to you' for him, and was instrumental in creating this 'holiday'.

LTS


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Subject: RE: dr martin luther king
From: artbrooks
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 04:48 PM

Abraham, Martin and John is the only one that comes immediately to mind, but I'm sure there are others.


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Subject: RE: dr martin luther king
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 04:51 PM

Then there's 'I have a dream' last done to death by Westlife...

I can't recall ever listening to it all the way through (voluntarily) so I can't tell you if it contains any other bits of the Dr's wisdom.

LTS


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Subject: RE: dr martin luther king
From: artbrooks
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 04:51 PM

BTW. Liz, Stevie Wonder's Happy Birthday is a different song from the better known Happy Birthday to You


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Subject: RE: dr martin luther king
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 04:53 PM

The Ballad of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Pete Seeger.


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Subject: RE: dr martin luther king
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 04:56 PM

From this site:

Dr King Had a Dream
(tune: Old MacDonald)
Dr. King had a dream for p-e-a-c-e.
He wanted people to be friends and live in harmony.
He had lots of love to share.
He spread kindness everywhere!
Dr. King had a dream for p-e-a-c-e!


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Subject: RE: dr martin luther king
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 04:57 PM

There's lots more for kids if you scroll down on that page.


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Subject: RE: dr martin luther king
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 05:06 PM

Ah, we have a transpond translation glitch again... over this side it had the 'to you' stuck on the end... that's what I found in my record collection anyway!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 04:47 PM

Mike O'Connor's "Martin Luther King", which Johnny Collins recorded on his "Now and Then" CD in 2000, and which Johnny sang at the Herga folk club last night. Mike O'Connor(of Cornish Songwriters) has written some wonderful songs. The chorus of MLK includes "The children of slaves will stand with the children of owners hand in hand. I have a dream, I have a dream, I have a dream".

Kitty


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARTIN LUTHER KING'S DREAM (from Strawbs)
From: Lanfranc
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 07:33 PM

There was a Strawbs song called "Martin Luther King's Dream" that went thus:

^^ "Martin Luther King's Dream" (Dave Cousins)

(First Recorded on "Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios" in 1970)

"Speak only with your voices
And not the sword
Listen to your leaders
And the words of the Lord.

Chorus: Shake hands with your brothers
Has been my theme
For I have had a dream.

While fury gathers around you
Provoking you to hate
Remember what I told you
Don't heed the dangled bait.

The leaders of the country
Are speaking much the same
As those who've gone before them
And those who are to blame.

Proclaim a day of mourning
And let the flags fly low
The future is before us
As I have told you so."

Not the greatest of lyrics, but I recall it as a reasonably popular chorus number in the Strawbs' repertoire.

Alan


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Subject: Lyr Add: PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) (from U2)
From: Cluin
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 07:41 PM

U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)" is about Dr. King.
^^
Pride (In The Name Of Love)

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come, he to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man, he resist
One man washed on an empty beach.
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?

(nobody like you...)

Early morning, April four
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?


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Subject: Lyr Add: A MIGHTY MAN (David Saphra)
From: oldhippie
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 07:43 PM

A MIGHTY MAN
David Saphra (1998)
^^
A mighty man (a mighty man)
A peaceful person (a peaceful person)
Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior
Hate won't help us...better our world
But not all people know yet

A humble man (a humble man)
But proud to be one (but proud to be one)
Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior
Love has helped us...better our world
But we've got far to go yet ...
May Martin's work be done

And Martin's work can be done by anyone
That's kind and bold enough to do it
The love of justice never can be brought down
As long as souls survive to renew it...

A mighty man (a mighty man)
A peaceful person (a peaceful person)
Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior
Love has helped us (love has helped us)...better our world
But we've got far to go yet ...
May Martin's work be done

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King
(The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King)
The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King
(The Reverend Doctor Martin!)
The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior!

Source: www.concentric.net


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: Scrump
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 07:27 AM

I was going to suggest the Strawbs' song but Lanfranc beat me to it. But is "I Have a Dream" by Westlife about MLK? I thought it was the Abba song, and that all seems to be about angels and fairy tales.


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,ifor
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 11:41 PM

Its christmas in the ? by steeve earle....dr martin luther king gets an honorable mention in this great song.Joan Baez does a stirring version on her bowery songs cd
ifor


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: Susan of DT
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 08:56 AM

see Martin Luther King for President in the DT


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Subject: Lyr Add: LETTER TO MARTIN (Rachel Bissex)
From: oldhippie
Date: 23 Jan 07 - 07:49 PM

another good one....


"Letter to Martin"
(Rachel Bissex 1990-1)

Dear Martin
I'm sorry it's come to this now
I stood on your birthday
in front of the crowd
the signs were held high
hope was still shining through
but the war came on schedule
happy birthday to you

Oh Martin
it seems we learned nothing from you
in the near thirty years
since your wisdom rang through
the newscasters' faces
are smiling with glee
they say
United States Forces have won victory

The firey rain fell on Baghdad
for forty-four days
we're still riding the crest
of that patriotic wave

We had over a year
of hope in our lands
saw the fall of the wall
took the Soviet's hand
I can still hear your voice
saying I have a dream
and you know if I could
I would certainly scream

The firey rain fell on Baghdad
for forty-four days
we're still riding the crest
of that patriotic wave

Dear Martin
I'm sorry it's come to this now
I sang on your birthday
along with the crowd
we sang the old songs
they rang hollow but true

the answer my friend

Dear Martin
forgive us
we know just what we do

happy birthday happy birthday
happy birthday


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,flowerchildrunningwild
Date: 24 Jan 07 - 03:26 AM

Does anyone remember the version of Abraham, Martin, and John that was done in the early 70's that had the actual voice of Bobby Kennedy speaking when MLK died, saying "none of us knows who will be next" or something like that? It also had the actual sounds of the shooting of Bobby Kennedy when someone was yelling "Get the gun! Break his hand if you have to!!" It was very emotional. I had it on a 8 track (telling my age) but lost it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: NO EASY WALK TO FREEDOM (Yarrow/Tabankin)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Jan 07 - 02:36 AM

I always thought he Was a Friend of Mine (Byrds version) referred to the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King - no?
as stated in the message above, Abraham, Martin and John certainly fits.
-Joe-

Here's one from http://www.peterpaulandmary.com
    NO EASY WALK TO FREEDOM
    Peter Yarrow and Margery Tabankin
    ©1986 Silver Dawn Music (ASCAP)

    Brother Martin was walkin with me,
    And every step I heard liberty
    Tho he's fallin', come a million behind!
    Glory, Hallelujah, gonna make it this time!

    chorus:
    No easy walk to freedom,
    No easy walk to freedom,
    Keep on walkin and we shall be free
    That's how we're gonna make history

    Across the ocean, the blood's running warm
    I, I hear it coming, there's a thunderin' storm
    Just like we lived it, you know that it's true,
    Nelson Mandela, now we're walkin with you!

    (chorus)

    In our land, not so long ago,
    We lived the struggle, and that's how we know
    Slavery abolished, comin' freedom's call
    Keep on walking and apartheid will fall!

    (chorus)

    Oh, bread for the body, there's got to be
    But a soul will die without liberty
    Pray for the day when the struggle is past!
    Freedom for all! Free at last! Free at last!

    (chorus)

    You and me!


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARTIN LUTHER KING (Fulton-Stevens)
From: Shimbo Darktree
Date: 25 Jan 07 - 07:59 PM

The following song was written by Erling Graham "John" Fulton-Stevens, currently of Alice Springs, Australia. Hopefully the formatting comes out right.

MARTIN LUTHER KING
(Jon Fulton-Stevens 1968)

Spoken:
When Martin prayed on Monday, the people stood and stared,
And they read their daily papers, 'cause they didn't really care,
When Martin prayed on Tuesday the people stood in pews,
But there wasn't one among them who could fill Martin's shoes,
And Martin said, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Sung:
There's a widow weeps in Memphis for a man who used to be,
Shot down by a madman on the streets of Tennessee,
Though your harvest was so bitter in the garbage and the litter,
It's cold outside Doctor King.

And tears won't bring him back again, won't bring him back again,
Nor the killing nor the shooting nor the looting nor the pain,
If your feelings of devotion were a drop upon the ocean,
It could even start a river, says Dr. King.

There's a cold wind blows through Harlem and it fans the flames of greed,
The guns swing by the soldiers' side to silence the black man's dream.
In the passing of an hour, how the peace fruit has gone sour,
And the world will softly weep for Dr. King.

There's a widow weeps in Memphis for a man who used to be,
Shot down by a madman on the streets of Tennessee,
If you're looking for destruction, there might be a resurrection,
It's cold outside Dr. King.

Alternative last verse, written by John at later date:
There's no answer to the question when the question itself is mystery,
And the windows quickly covered wrap the truth in secrecy,
Like the opening of a flower, may your words remain the power,
It's cold outside Dr. King.

I sing the last verse as an extra, rather than an alternative, as I feel it adds to the song. Audiences used to drive John mad by requesting the song every time he got up to sing.

My thanks to Hrothgar for pointing out this thread.

-Shimbo


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHY? (THE KING OF LOVE IS DEAD)
From: Stefan Wirz
Date: 26 Jan 07 - 12:35 PM

WHY? (THE KING OF LOVE IS DEAD) Written by Gene Taylor, recorded by Nina Simone

Once upon this planet Earth,
Lived a man of humble birth,
Preaching love and freedom
For his fellow man.

He was dreaming of the 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.

Will the murders never cease?
Are they men or are they beasts?
What do they ever hope to gain?
Will my country stand or fall?
Is it too late for us all?
And did Martin Luther King just die in vain?

But he had 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,
Everybody knows we're on the brink.
What will happen, now that he is dead?

He was for equality,
For all people, you and me,
Full of love and goodwill,
Hate was not his way.
He was not a violent man,
Tell me folks if you can?
Just why, why was he shot down the other day?

But he had 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
Cause we headed for the brink,
What will happen, now that the King of love is dead?


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Subject: Lyr Add: HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Stevie Wonder)
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Jan 07 - 01:08 PM

YouTube video collage honoring Dr.Martin Luther Kin, Jr. and featuring Stevie Wonder's song Happy Birthday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNAy6Bhij8A

Added January 14, 2007; From LaVinnia

**

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
{Stevie Wonder}

You know it doesn't make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration
Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I'm sure you would agree
It couldn't fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

I just never understood
How a man who died for good
Could not have a day that would
Be set aside for his recognition
Because it should never be
Just because some cannot see
The dream as clear as he
that they should make it become an illusion
And we all know everything
That he stood for time will bring
For in peace our hearts will sing
Thanks to Martin Luther King

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Why has there never been a holiday
Where peace is celebrated
all throughout the world

The time is overdue
For people like me and you
Who know the way to truth
Is love and unity to all God's children
It should never be a great event
And the whole day should be spent
In full remembrance
Of those who lived and died for the oneness of all people
So let us all begin
We know that love can win
Let it out don't hold it in
Sing it loud as you can

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Ooh yeah
Happy birthday...

We know the key to unify all people
Is in the dream that you had so long ago
That lives in all of the hearts of people
That believe in unity
We'll make the dream become a reality
I know we will
Because our hearts tell us so

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steviewonder/happybirthday.html


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jan 07 - 01:32 PM

James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light." It may not make the folk tradition, but it'll be heard somewhere every January.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BEAUTIFUL FOOL (Don Henry)
From: GUEST,John3697
Date: 28 Jan 07 - 01:03 AM

Might I suggest "Beautiful Fool" by Don Henry:

Martin Luther, who did you think that you were
Appointed by some higher up
Merely mortal, you're plans were unaffordable
Nobody wants to pay the price for love

Oh, you beautiful fool, swimming upstream, kicking up waves
Dreams weren't meant to come true, that's why they call 'em dreams
Oh, you beautiful fool

Walter Cronkite preempted Disney one night
And all us kids were so upset
We thought that you were a trouble instigator
Marching through our TV set

Oh, you beautiful fool,.............

To fight a fight without a fist, all human instinct puzzles this
How dare you threaten our existence?
Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ, history repeats itself so nice
Consistently we are resistant to love

Oh, you beautiful fool........

Saw you on the black and white with blacks and whites applauding you
Saw you on, another time, without a sign of life in you

Oh, you beautiful fool.......


I think this song is a tribute to MLK, a dreamer of dreams and all other beautiful fools like him who dare to dream things we cannot imagine and make them a reality...


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,HELP HELP HELP with a song
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 12:23 PM

I am looking for a song about MLK that has this phrase in it - "let's turn our attention to Martin Luther King...." I cannot remember the melody, but believe it may have been from the 60's/70's...any ideas? If so, what is the name of the song and the artist.


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 06:53 PM

The opening line of James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light" is so similar to the phrase you give that I believe that's the song.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHED A LITTLE LIGHT (James Taylor)
From: Alba
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 07:07 PM

James Taylor - Shed A Little Light

Let us turn our thoughts today
To Martin Luther King
And recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women
Living on the Earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood
That we are bound together
In our desire to see the world become
A place in which our children
Can grow free and strong
We are bound together
By the task that stands before us
And the road that lies ahead
We are bound and we are bound

There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
And though the body sleeps the heart will never rest

Shed a little light, oh Lord
So that we can see
Just a little light, oh Lord
Wanna stand it on up
Stand it on up, oh Lord
Wanna walk it on down
Shed a little light, oh Lord

Can`t get no light from the dollar bill
Don`t give me no light from a TV screen
When I open my eyes
I wanna drink my fill
From the well on the hill

There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
And though the body sleeps the heart will never rest

Oh, Let us turn our thoughts today
To Martin Luther King
And recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women
Living on the Earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,Marij
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 09:32 PM

Does anyone know the lyrics to a song my daughter sang in kindergarten? She can only remember:

"There was a man whose name was King, Hallelujah!"

Anyone know this one?
TIA


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,Marij
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 09:44 PM

I found the one I was looking for. Here it is in case anyone is interested:

A Man Named King
Sung to: "Michael, row your boat ashore"

Once there was a man named King, Hallelujah;
They called him Martin Luther King, Hallelujah
King was wise and he was good, Hallelujah
He believed in brotherhood, Hallelujah
He had a dream for you and me, Hallelujah
He knew that still men must be free, Hallelujah
The freedom road is weary and long, Hallelujah
But Martin sang a freedom song, Hallelujah
We must keep the dream alive, Hallelujah
Freedom's song can never die, Hallelujah
Once there was a man named King Hallelujah
They called him Martin Luther King, Hallelujah


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,tianna_kendall
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 01:56 PM

dear martin luther king i am sorry taht a white man shot you


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: Jack Campin
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 05:41 PM

It's not in any way folk, but Luciano Berio's "O King" is wonderful.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THEY KILLED HIM (Kris Kristofferson)
From: GUEST,Mike B.
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 01:11 AM

This one's partly about Dr. King. The cover version by Dylan isn't very good.

THEY KILLED HIM (Kris Kristofferson)

There was a man named Mahatma Gandhi
He would not bow down, he would not fight
He knew the deal was down and dirty
And nothing wrong could make it right away

But he knew his duty, and the price he had to pay
Just another holy man who tried to make a stand
MY GOD, THEY KILLED HIM!

Another man from Atlanta, Georgia
By the name of Martin Luther King
He shook the land like rolling thunder
And made the bells of freedom ring today

With a dream of beauty that they could not burn away
Just another holy man who dared to be a friend
MY GOD, THEY KILLED HIM!

The only son of God Almighty
The holy one called Jesus Christ
Healed the lame and fed the hungry
And for his love they took his life away

On the road to glory where the story never ends
Just the holy son of man we'll never understand
MY GOD, THEY KILLED HIM!

Sing about Mahatma Gandhi
Sing of Martin Luther King
Sing Of Jesus Christ Almighty
And the brothers Kennedy


There's also the children's song "I Just Want to Sing Your Name (The Martin Luther King Song)". Apparently it was written by Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino (the Magpie duo), although the only rendition I've heard was by Cathy Fink.


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 04:04 PM

The Symphony of Brotherhood by Israeli Hip-Hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari samples Dr. King's "I have a Dream"


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 11:02 AM

There was a song written in the 80's about Dr. king. The only part I can remember is "SING SING CELEBERRATE". I could swear the the song was called "KING HOLIDAY" but tha was a lon gtime ago. a\Also I beleive it was done by a bunch of famous singers not just one.

Any ideas or help????


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Subject: Lyr Add: I HAVE A DREAM (Keller/Blume)
From: oldhippie
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 10:00 PM

I HAVE A DREAM
(Jerry Keller & Dave Blume)

(This song was written during the late night hours after the news came of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.)

Recorded by Carolyn Hester (CD "Texas Songbird")

I Have a Dream that fills my mind
About our land, about our time
About the truth, the truth that we must find
I have a dream, that will never, never die

I Have a Dream that must come true
About this soul,this soul I share with you
About the good, the good that it can do
I have a dream that will never, never die

I Have a Dream, I have a prayer
And if not me, now my child is there
To see the joy, the joy our love will bear
I Have A Dream; I Have a Dream
I Have a Dream that will never, never die.

@1968, Northern Music Corp (ASCAP)


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,Georgina
Date: 14 Nov 08 - 01:45 PM

Hi there. I know about a song, which i used to listen to. I had about one line about Martin Luther King. It's by a band that are quite similar to The Streets. But i can't get the band name to come into my head. Any help would be much appreciated x


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Subject: Lyr Add: BROTHER MARTIN (Richard Aberdeen)
From: oldhippie
Date: 17 Mar 09 - 09:07 PM

from freedomtracks.com

Lyrics Add:

BROTHER MARTIN
by Richard Aberdeen

Freedom, freedom, freedom, over me. . .

Was the darkest of many desperate days in nineteen sixty-eight
Before a nation lost her soul in a hail of bullets at Kent State
Like our best friend, in your prime, they had to go and take you down
And I wonder how things would be today if you were still around?

Would mainstream radio still be just as one-sided?
And would a nation called "united" be so divided?
Would there be a nightmare every day somewhere in Iraq?
And would soldiers have their own nightmare who somehow made it back?

Would backlash from a clueless Congress still be barely startin'
If you were here with us today, brother Martin?

Would children still be so afraid to go outside and play?
As their future is discarded, would we still look the other way?
Would a president still say, "if you're not with us, you're against us"?
As veterans sittin' in wheelchairs are called "traitors" when they protest?

Would World War Three be just a stone's throw away from startin'
If you were here with us today, brother Martin?

Now though we were born with a different shade of skin
Freedom rings within my soul, just like we're next of kin
And before I'll be their slave, I'll be buried in my grave
And gone on to our home. . . free at last *


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 17 Mar 09 - 10:41 PM

In a Hispanic Community - in Southern California - in the earliest 1980's - in a LDS Morman population - the newly nationalized holiday was referred to as "James Earl Ray - Day"

Sincerely (un-political),
Gargoyle

To it spell it out for the Brits...it is like Guy Fawlks Day ... without a perpetrator - there would never be a martyr.


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,gargoyle
Date: 17 Mar 09 - 10:47 PM

Many throughout the USA still refer - amongst the lighter skinned populations (including Indiginous Tribes and Pacific Islanders but especially whites) to the holiday with the afore mentioned nomelclure.


Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: Mark Ross
Date: 18 Mar 09 - 11:40 AM

I'm surprised looking at this thread that noone has mentioned the song about Dr. King written and performed by the Rev. F.D. Kirkpatrick. I don't have access to the words right now, but hjopefully someone will post them soon.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Mar 09 - 12:02 PM

Those people who might read this thread as guests may not know that many folks here "play pass" most posts written by gargoyle because they are often "off the deep end".

However, I would like Mudcat guests and Mudcat members to know that I consider his (I assume the poster is a "he") 17 Mar 09 - 10:41 PM and 17 Mar 09 - 10:47 PM posts to be very offensive.

I'm not asking that those comments be deleted as by now I believe that a moderator has read those comments and decided that they should remain on this thread.

Btw, I don't think that those posts reflect how far we have to go regarding race relations in the USA. Frankly, I don't think gargoyle's posts really have anything to do with race. I think gargoyle's outrageous, wacked out posts (and some of his posts aren't wacked) are his way seeking attention.

The only reason why I'm rising to garygoyle's bait this time is because I don't want any guests to think that Mudcatters are oblivious to the offensiveness of his the comments.


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Mar 09 - 12:38 PM

Mark, I don't know the song. Hopefully, someone will post it soon.

**

Here's a link to one of several YouTube videos of a song that includes this verse:

Rosa sat, so Martin could walk
Martin walked so Barack could run
Barack ran so all our children could fly"

Rosa Sat-Song for Barack Obama

In that particular video, the song including that verse is written and performed by Amy Dixon-Kolar (c) 2008 Asharta Music/ASCAP. The video contains some historical photographs of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Obama's inauguration.

**

Here's a link to a discussion about the source/s for the "Rosa sat so Martin could walk" verse:
http://forum.quoteland.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/99191541/m/9831074081

That discussion includes variant forms of this verse, and mentions that it has already been printed on tee-shirts. One member of that forum finally tracked down the person who composed the verse:

Posted 12-10-08 03:10 AM by ontograph
This was spoken by Cleo Fields at the 9th annual State of the Black Union 2008. A press release describing the event is at
http://www.tavistalks.com/pdf/sobu_press_release.pdf

It says:
Panelists observed that Senator Barack Obama's historic run for the White House didn't come out of thin air.
"Rosa Parks sat down so we could stand up. Martin Luther King marched so Jesse Jackson could run. Jesse Jackson ran so Obama could win," said Cleo Fields, former Louisiana State Senator and U.S. Congressman.

Another version appears at
http://sociologistsforobama.blogspot.com/ :

Cleo Fields: Putting it all in Perspective
"W. E. B. DuBois started to teach so that Rosa Parks could take a seat. Rosa Parks took a seat so that we could all take a stand. We all took a stand so that Martin Luther King, Jr. could march. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched so that Jesse Jackson could run. Jesse Jackson ran so that Barack Obama could win!"
Cleo Fields at the State of the Black Union February. 23, 2008


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: Janie
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 08:47 PM

Hadn't seen this thread before, and haven't done more than skim it and listen to the Amy Dixon-Kolar song on the Youtube link provided above.

Loved it and loved the arrangement and harmonies.


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 28 Sep 10 - 10:02 PM

Thanks for all your input. This helps tremendously in my research on music about Martin Luther King.


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: maple_leaf_boy
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 02:45 PM

I know a song that's about him and Robert and John Kennedy.
It's a tribute to all three of them. "Six White Horses" is the song.


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Subject: RE: Songs about dr martin luther king
From: GUEST,bobf
Date: 24 Nov 10 - 11:24 PM

The "He Walked Up The Hill" public domain protest folk song was written in 1968 after MLK's assassination and a video of this song was recently posted at following youtube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG7NGJWxqAc

"He Walked Up The Hill" (for Martin Luther King)

He walked up the hill
And he knew that it was willed
That the white racists they would slay
All the good men who crossed their way
And what else is their left to say
Look! The Black Prince of Peace now lays.

And all go and pray
Though they kill people everyday
Their soldiers kill 'cross the sea
Their cops shoot up the cities
Their managers steal our bread
Their teachers, they ruin our heads.

"Be NON-VIOLENT!" they scream
For they fear what we all will dream
Now that Moses is dead
Shot in the back of the head
"Love them" is what he said
Yet look how they treated him.

The hearts now are red
As they rise up from their beds
To say to the Man with hate
"We're sorry but it's now too late
We want to control our fate
The Panther will kill your snake."

Also, Rev. Frederick Doublass Kirkpatrick's Ballads of Black America album from Folkways of 1972 includes Kirk's biographical folk song about Martin Luther King, "Ballad of Dr. King."

"Ballad of Dr. King" (by Rev. F.D. Kirkpatrick)

There was a man from Atlanta town
From a mountain top he had a plan
He marched with God

In a Birmingham jail
Down on his knees
He had a date and he conquered hate
And he marched with God.

A man he said in spite of it all
Is nothin' but a man And he must not fall
A woman too said Rosa Parks
On Dusty roads
In courthouse squares
Wherever he went
Love was always there

The dream that he had was full of peace
It burned his soul
He cannot cease and He marched with God

In brotherly love
He marched with us all from Alabama
To Chicago and New York
In brotherly love
He marched for us for us all
Until that day he met his fall.

To hear a clip from Kirk's folk song, you can click on following link:
http://www.folkways.si.edu/TrackDetails.aspx?itemid=17163


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARTIN LUTHER KING (Rev F D Kirkpatrick)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Sep 13 - 11:13 AM

The lyrics that GUEST,bobf posted above are a bit different from what I heard on the recording (via Spotify); also, the title is different:


MARTIN LUTHER KING
As sung by Rev Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick
(accompanied by Pete Seeger and Jeanne Humphries)
on "Ballads of Black America" (Smithsonian Folkways FW07751, 1972)

There was a man from Atlanta town.
From a mountain top, he had a dream.
He marched with God.

In a Birmingham jail down on his knees,
He had a date; he conquered hate.
He marched with God.

A man is a man in spite of it all.
He's nothin' but a man; he must not fall.
"A woman too," said Rosa Parks.

Down dusty roads to courthouse squares,
Wherever he went, love was always there.

The dream he had was full of peace.
It burned his soul; he must not cease.

In brotherly love he marched with us all
Until that day he met his fall.

There was a man from Atlanta town.
He's gone now; his word still stands.
Let us march with God.


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