John Lewis

by Neil Woodward

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A tribute to John Lewis upon his passing.
May he rest in Peace.
Lyrics of song are from writing and speeched of John Lewis.
The line I wrote is: "John Lewis is marching tonight. John Lewis is out of jail!"

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John Lewis is Out of Jail

John Lewis is marching tonight, “we have been too quiet, too long”
“Comes a time when you have to say something,” and sing your freedom song
“You have to make a little noise. You have to move your feet”
John Lewis is marching tonight, John Lewis is out of jail!

John Lewis is marching tonight, “I appeal to all of you
“To get into this great revolution that is sweeping this nation” through
“This is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year”
John Lewis is marching tonight, John Lewis is out of jail!

“Stand up, speak up, speak out. Follow truth down the road to peace
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair, shine a beacon for all to see
“Hold only love, only peace in your heart”
John Lewis is marching tonight, John Lewis is out of jail!

“Get in trouble, necessary trouble, find a way to get in the way
“Our children and their children will ask us, ‘what did you do, what did you say?’
“Lay down the burden of hate, hate is too big a burden to bear”
John Lewis is marching tonight, John Lewis is out of jail!

Words adapted from quotations by John Lewis
Song © 2020 Neil Woodward
19 July 2020

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released July 19, 2020

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Neil Woodward Michigan

Neil Woodward is Michigan's Troubadour.

Performing and recording with a dozen instruments, his traditional and original music is featured on nine well-received albums and singles currently available .

Neil has been sharing songs and stories with Great Lakes audiences over two generations.
He is recipient of Michigan State University's Michigan Traditional Arts 2018 Heritage Award.
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