Lauryn Hill: Songs of Freedom Rising in Redemption Songs

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A good friend of mine is on a journey with me — a journey taking us both towards the church, and away from it; asking heretical questions, and finding beauty in ancient tradition; being broken bone by bone, but discovering the Body as we never have before.

This good friend reminded me of the journey with an old Lauryn Hill song… ahhhhh, Lauryn Hill. Have not thought about her in years. Remember the smooth girl with attitude in Sister Act 2? The one who belts out "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee" at the end? Oh yeah… I remember. Why I fell away from keeping up with her work, I don't know. Yet here and now her smoky strong voice was pleading out of my speakers, and I was once again in love with the thing you love that only music can make you love.

Lauryn, among other things of course, performed the old Bob Marley tune "Redemption Song", with his son, Ziggy. Check it out. It's yet another song rising from the underground, singing freedom into existence that words alone don't always have the power to do. 

REDEMPTION SONG

Lauryn:
Oh Pirates yes they rob I
Stole I from the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Allmighty
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly

Won't you help to sing
these songs of freedom
'Cause all I ever have
Redemption Songs (x3)

Ziggy & Lauryn:
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
'Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look
Yes, some say it's just a part of it
But we've got to fulfill the book

Won't you help us sing
Another song of freedom
'Cause all I ever have
Redemption Song (x3)

Lauryn:
Yo, If they can stop this fruit
They would pop this route
Chop this fruit
Treat us like a prostitute
Knock this youth
See me in my cocky suit
God's recruit
From fallin even God's salute
Tribal truth
Ja people can't be mute
Share my youth to Babylon can't regroup
Sing, to Babylon can't regroup
Sing, to Babylon can't regroup

Lauryn & Ziggy:
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
'Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look
Some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill the book

Won't you help to sing
Another song of freedom, yeah
'Cause all I ever have
Redemption song (x 5)

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