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Let Freedom Ring :: Walk Forward Event :: Jan 21, 2017

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Published on Jan 31, 2017

To mark the 2017 inauguration, Christine Castigliano opened "Walk Forward" with a remix of the song, "My Country Tis of Thee."

(Please forgive auto-focus issues :)

Lyrics:
My country 'tis of Thee
Sweet land of liberty
of thee I sing
Land where my fathers died
Land of the pilgrims' pride
From every mountainside
Let freedom ring!

My country 'tis of Thee
And that means everybody
of thee I sing
Every child, every woman and every man
Every color, every age, from every land
We got the power if we remember how to
Let freedom ring!

My country 'tis of Thee
But it's not so sweet for everybody
of thee I sing
Land where our fathers died
Natives died by the millions while the women cried
As we took every mountainside
This Freedom stings!

My country 'tis of Thee
Sweet sweet land not for everybody
of thee I sing
Land where the black slaves died
For empire, for money, and for white pride
Let Black Lives Matter, not pushed aside!
Let Freedom bring it!

My country 'tis of thee
A sweet sweet land for everybody
of thee I sing
Let the Masculine honor the Feminine
Cause we've all got a little bit all mixed in
So gender is more than a genital thing!
Let freedom Zing!

My country 'tis of Thee
Sweet sweet land that it used to be
of thee I sing
The lands and the waters we overuse
Suck every resource that we can consume
But we can change, if we choose!
Let freedom ring!

My country 'tis of Thee
It's a sweet sweet land for everybody
of thee I sing
So how can we find unity?
Meet cruelty with our humanity?
I guess it starts with you and me.
Let freedom ring!
Let this freedom ring!
Yeah, let freedom ring...

Spoken:
I believe that we can find
in our hearts what we need to face all this work we gotta do
But we've got hands
And we got hearts!

Do you think I can find compassion in my heart for people who voted for you-know-who?
I don't know... but we can try... no try: Do or Not do!

And how about the courage - the courage to stand up when I see something that just ain't right!
Where does that come from, people?

Yeah, the guts and the heart!
I believe that you and you and you got what it takes
You got a heart, and hands

So put your hand upon your heart,
That's what we did back in grade school
to remind you that you do have a heart
and that the heart
is the start
of Freedom.

so sing it with me:
My country 'tis of Thee
Sweet land of liberty
of thee I sing
Land where my fathers died
Land of the pilgrims' pride
From every mountainside
Let freedom ring!

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