We Shall Be Free

My readers know how much I love poetry, and I am honored to know some of the nation’s best poets — Anne, Roger, Tom, and Chris.  The other night I watched a movie and then channel surfed. I found a PBS special where Garth Brooks was being honored by the Library of Congress and received the Gershwin Medal of Honor. If you can find the program I highly recommend it. I have always thought that many of our great poets are songwriters including Dylan, Haggard, Hank Williams Sr., James Taylor, and Mary Chapin Carpenter so it was only fitting to honor Garth as a songwriter. One of the songs played was his classic We Shall Be Free. It is most appropriate these days so enjoy the lyrics and if you find yourself singing them it’s okay. Garth would love it.
This ain’t comin’ from no prophet,
Just an ordinary man.
When I close my eyes,
I see the way this world shall be
When we all walk hand in hand.
When the last child cries for a crust of bread,
When the last man dies for just words that he said,
When there’s shelter over the poorest head,
We shall be free.
When the last thing we notice is the color of the skin,
And the first thing we look for is the beauty within;
When the skies and the oceans are clean again,
Then we shall be free.
We shall be free, we shall be free.
Stand straight, walk proud,
‘Cause we shall be free.
When we’re free to love anyone we choose,
When this world’s big enough for all different views,
When we all can worship from our own kind of pew,
Then we shall be free.
We shall be free, we shall be free
Have a little faith, hold out,
‘Cause we shall be free.
And when money talks for the very last time,
And nobody walks a step behind;
When there’s only one race,
And that’s mankind, then we shall be free.
We shall be free ,we shall be free
Stand straight, (walk proud, )
Have a little faith, (hold out;)
We shall be free.
We shall be free, we shall be free,
(Stand straight, ) stand straight,
(Have a little faith, ) walk proud,
‘Cause we shall be free.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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