Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Can’t Breathe François Bessing

From François Bessing

"I was tagged by a friend, Crystal Williams on Facebook on 12/15/2014 to take part in 102.5 Radio Challenge by Darlene McCoy protesting the miscarriage of justice in the Eric Garner verdict. Samuel L. Jackson started the challenge off and I felt that it was important for me to add my voice to the outcry.

This song was based off the lyrics by Darlene McCoy. I expanded on the lyrics and wrote "I Can't Breathe" and arranged the melody. My good friend Ariel Delgado played the piano part. We wrote, played, and recorded the song in about 7 hours on 12/15/2014."




I Can’t Breathe
(Original Lyrics by: Darlene McCoy; Lyrics & Melody by: Francois N. Bessing
Copyright 2015)

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

Not too long ago, he said, I have a Dream,
All the children black and white, play in the street.
Times have changed the people riot, there is no peace,
Till we join our voices and we let freedom ring.

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

All the things we value most like life, liberty,
Shot and choked to nothing as the wicked go free,
How can we be one if we cannot stand with thee,
Raise your hands proclaim the Word: I Can’t breathe.

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

Bridge:
I have lifted up mine eyes; justice we’ll see,
Heaven’s eyes are ever watching o’er you and me!

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

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