SOMEBODY
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             Lazarus lies in America's gutter
             Can't recall what he went to war for
             "Our Father, my mother. . .
             my sister. . .  my brother". . .

             I saw my brother stranded on the road
             His graveyard face had tombstone eyes
             He said, "Can someone help with my load?
             Help me see through all these lies"

                    Hey, I wanna be somebody (somebody)
                    Don't want a life that's just pretend
                    I wanna be somebody (somebody)
                    Someone who matters in the end

             I saw my sister in the dark alley
             She said, "All I ever do is cry
             I try so hard but I just can't be free
             Don't understand the reason why"

                    I wanna be somebody (somebody)
                    Don't want a life that's just pretend
                    I wanna be somebody (somebody)
                    Someone who matters in the end

                    I wanna be somebody (somebody)
                    Don't want a life that's only lies
                    Yeah, I wanna be somebody (somebody)
                    Keep your eyes on the prize

             Rockets take aim for a bloodbath on the moon
             With nightmare scenes of laser lights
             Oh, but you know, Jesus is comin' back soon (oh, yeah)
             Yeah, He's gonna restore Human Rights

                    And I wanna be somebody (somebody)
                    Don't want a life that's just pretend (no, no, no, not pretend)
             I wanna be somebody (somebody)
                    Someone who matters in the end

                    I wanna be somebody (somebody)
                    Don't want a life that's only lies (only lies)
                    Yeah, I wanna be somebody (somebody)
                    Keep your eyes on the prize *


* Dedicated to the I AM A MAN heroes of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike; inspired by the lives and examples of a great many modern African-Americans of exceptional vision and perseverance, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Corretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Qunicy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Muhammad Ali, Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee--change IS gonna come, oh, yes it is.


Civil Rights Movement Veterans

The Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation


           


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