It’s not the Waking, it’s the Rising

 

I am missing one major artist and activist from his song, and yes, many are missing, but the one person that keeps being forgotten, maybe because she isn’t as “loud” in her music is Joan Baez. She went to jail several times for her activism in the 60s, was expelled, not welcomed by certain oppressive regimes, visited war-torn countries in solidarity also to local artist etc. etc.

 

“I went to jail for 11 days for disturbing the peace; I was trying to disturb the war.” Joan Baez, 1967

 

Joan Cried Power!

 


 

It is the grounding of a foot uncompromising
It’s not forgoing of the lie
It’s not the opening of eyes
It’s not the waking, it’s the rising

It’s not the shade, we should be past it
It’s the light, and it’s the obstacle that casts it
It’s the heat that drives the light
It’s the fire it ignites
It’s not the waking, it’s the rising

It’s not the song, it is the singing
It’s the hearing of a human spirit ringing
It is the bringing of the line
It is the baring of the rhyme
It’s not the waking, it’s the rising

And I could cry power
Power
Power
Nina cried power
Billie cried power
Mavis cried power
And I could cry power
Power
Power
Power
Curtis cried power
Patti cried power
Nina cried power

It’s not the wall but what’s behind it
The fear of fellow men, his mere assignment
And everything that we’re denied
By keeping the divide
It’s not the waking, it’s the rising

 

 

Nina Cried Power

 

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