Ella’s Song (Ella Baker and Bernice J. Reagon)

“Ella’s Song” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Ella’s Song” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Ella Baker.
Tune: Bernice J. Reagon.


We who believe in freedom cannot rest.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
Until it comes.

We who believe in freedom cannot rest.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
Until it comes.

Until the killing of black men,
Black mothers’ sons,
Is as important as the killing of white men,
White mothers’ sons,…

We who believe in freedom cannot rest.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
Until it comes.

That which touches me most
Is that I had
A chance to work with the people, passing on
To others that which was passed on to me.

We who believe in freedom cannot rest.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
Until it comes.

To me, young people come first.
They have the courage where we failed.
And if I can but shed some light,
As they carry us through the gale.

We who believe in freedom cannot rest.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
Until it comes.

The older I get, the better I know
That the secret of my going on
Is when the reins are in the hands of the young,
Who dare to run against the storm.

We who believe in freedom cannot rest.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
Until it comes.

Not needing to clutch for power,
Not needing the light just to shine on me,
I need to be one in the number,
As we stand against tyranny.

We who believe in freedom cannot rest.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
Until it comes.

Struggling myself don’t mean a whole lot.
I’ve come to realize
That teaching others to stand and fight
Is the only way our struggle survives.

We who believe in freedom cannot rest.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
Until it comes.


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