Let them Bloom

Let them Bloom

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Let them Bloom by Joanne Cooper and Liz Petty

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These lyrics really hit me hard. I hope I have done them justice Liz. You are most welcome to record the spoken word and I will mix it in. It may sound a lot better than with my South African accent Smile

Edited: video added. Striking images from Liz around Wisconsin.

Lyrics: 

shattered window storefronts
fallen statues in the streets
street blockades and fires
riots throughout town
where pepper spray and tear gas
cloud and scatter voices
that must be heard
and on the morning after
there are angry eyes, haunted souls,
heavy hearts and
painted plywood words

C
unity justice
peace understanding love
Black lives matter
when is enough enough

silence is compliance
respect empower include
we will rise together
let Black lives bloom

let them bloo..ooo..oom....

V2
captured shackled victims
broken Black men in the fields
frightened women and children
tortured and abused
where freedom never was equal
as at hands of privilege
injustice prevailed
while those in power
wrongly accused and enslaved
all those without
in overcrowded jails

C
unity justice
peace understanding love
Black lives matter
when is enough enough
silence is compliance
respect empower include
we will rise together
let Black lives bloom
let them bloo..ooo..oom....

B
history provides perspective
only when narratives are true
and truth brings power to transform
through what we say and do

C
unity justice
peace understanding love
Black lives matter
when is enough enough
silence is compliance
respect empower include
we will rise together
let Black lives bloom
let them bloo..ooo..oom....



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Comments

cindyrella's picture

This is how so much of us feel and what an incredible way this comes together! Let them bloom... powerful

AndyGetch's picture

Super collab and actually I feel that one voice from South Africa (accent makes it better) and one from the US is perfect for the theme!

cts's picture

I am moved. That's all I can say for now. A response is coming. Thanks to the both of you for collaborating and sharing.

Chip Withrow's picture

What a powerful collab! The recitation of the images is stark and poetic, and the blending of voices is lovely and anthemic.

oneslowtyper's picture

Wow! Leave it to Liz to bring such a brutal truth to such madness. The silence is compliance line is sooooo true... someone, or a LOT of someones need to drown out the voices of hate!
Thank you both, for the words, the music, and especially the visuals.