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We Shall Overcome (The Next Four Years)

As with most folk-music (I guess including Spirituals and protest songs) from time to time verses get added or revised.  Here are some new verses I wrote for We Shall Overcome.  Maybe this will help us get through this week, a strange combination of the Martin Luther King Holiday and the inauguration of the next President.  Thank you Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) for speaking out.  Maybe this blog post (my “speaking out”) will help us get through the next four years:

We Shall Overcome (The Next Four Years)

We’ll get through the next four years
We’ll get through the next four years
We’ll get through the next four years
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We’ll get through the next four years

We’ll resist hatred and fears (3x)
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We’ll get through the next four years

We’ll cross the Red Sea of tears (3x)
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We’ll get through the next four years

One hundred forty characters (3x)
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
Ignore his Tweets and racial slurs

Putin’s not our president (3x)
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
Nor that White House resident

We’ll get through the next four years (3x)
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We’ll get through the next four years

I remain and Independent voter.  But I say ,“Repeal and Replace Republicans in November 2018”.

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Martin Had A Dream

As we celebrate this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, I would like to share the lyrics I wrote as a children’s song, an adaptation to the melody of “We Shall Overcome“.

In 1999-2000, a musician friend of mine, Linda MacFarlane, and I had a weekly children’s music gig at the Teacher’s Closet store in downtown Rutland, VT (has since closed, now is Cafe Tera).  For the 2000 MLK Holiday, I came up with some alternative lyrics to “We Shall Overcome”, that we played and sang with the children for that week’s gathering.  Later, Linda and I also used this song when we taught “Guitars In The Classroom” courses, in in 2002-2005, at the Rutland Rec. Dept.

The lyrics are below for you to read, or sing along with.  After that, the guitar chords to verse 1 are listed, in case you want to strum along (or have a friend play guitar for you).

Martin Had A Dream

To the tune of “We Shall Overcome
Song for children, new lyrics by Ron Pulcer (2000)
For Martin Luther King Day (January 15th)

Martin had a dream.
Martin had a dream.
Martin Luther King had a dream…
Oh, deep in his heart,
He did believe,
We could live in peace someday.

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