Wednesday, July 2, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 323 SONG # 354

DAY 323: None of Us Are Free

This is a song from the 2002 album of the great Rhythm and Blues & Soul Singer Solomon Burke (1940-2010), Don´'t Give Up On Me. It is written by Barry Mann, his wife Cynthia Weil and Brenda Russell. There are also versions by Ray Charles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They are not bad (especially the one by Ray, but maybe one could make a claim that it bears some traces of "overproduction"), nevertheless, the Solomon Burke version is the one with the most appeal to me. Here it is, followed by the lyrics:

Well you better listen my sisters and brothers
'Cause if you do you can hear
There are voices still calling across the years.
And they're all crying across the ocean
And they're cryin' across the land
And they will till we all come to understand.

None of us are free
None of us are free
None of us are free, one of us are chained
None of us are free.

And there are people still in darkness,
And they just can't see the light.
If you don't say it's wrong then that says it right
We got try to feel for each other
Let our brother's know that we care.
Got to get the message, send it out loud and clear.

It's a simple truth we all need just to hear and to see.
None of us are free, if one of us is chained
None of us are free.
Now I swear your salvation isn't too hard to find
None of us can find it on our own.
We've got to join together in spirit, heart and mind.
So that every soul who's suffering will know that they're not alone.

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