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Lift Every Voice And Sing

Composed by
Produced & Arranged by

Vocalists Include - The Winans, Melba Moore, Anita Baker, Bobby Brown, The Clark Sisters, Howard Hewett, Freddie Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Jeffrey Osborne, Take 6, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder
Andrew Gouche - Bass
Michael Wright - Guitar
Mark Hammond - Drums
Ralph Lofton - Piano
Gerald Albright - Saxophone
Cedric Caldwell - Keyboards
Robbie Buchanan - Synths
Rhett Lawrence - Fairlight Programming
Terri Lyne Carrington - Percussion

Recorded to raise funds for the United Negro College Fund. (1990)

Lift every voice and sing,
'till earth and Heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise,
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith
That the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope
That the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet,
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way
That with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through
The blood of the slaughtered;
Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
Thou Who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou Who hast by Thy might, led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God,
Where we met Thee.
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world,
We forget Thee.
Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand,
True to our God, true to our native land.