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The Black National Anthem
James Weldon Johnson
Lift Every Voice And Sing


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Song title: Lift ev'ry voice and sing
Also known as: The Black National Anthem
Also known as: The Negro National Anthem

Lift ev'ry voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring.
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise,
High as the list'ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast'ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,

Have not our weary feet,
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the bright gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by Thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee,
Shadowed beneath thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.

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Meaning to "The Black National Anthem" song lyrics (19 meanings)
RON DAVIDSON July 2, 2020-19:37

Aimee July 3, 2020-22:26

The final words of the black national anthem are "true to our native land". What land are they singing of? What god are they praising? Never once is America mentioned and never once does the song call on the name Jesus Christ.
Sun July 4, 2020-11:06

Dumb I will never sing this cause to me it don't exist
Loretta Babbot July 6, 2020-16:05

Don't care for it at all, unclear which nation they are talking about. America wasn't mentioned.
Terry Smith July 7, 2020-21:39

Which country is this referring to? has a directionless, barely discernible melody and the lyrics are weak. Don't mean a thang, not a thang.
Raven January 15, 2021-23:03

The words are depressing and not how life is lived today or for a very long time. We can't change the past and if your living in 2021, you never lived the life as a slave and nothing we do now can change their suffering. If they knew how life would be today, would they change anything? Make your own path to the future, not to the past.
Kat July 4, 2021-19:04

We only need One song for one nation this song fucking sucks big
Anita February 11, 2021-22:59

We already know about what some of the ancestors of the 14% of the population went through and it's not our fault. Get over it, stop feeling sorry for yourself, and do something positive with your life. Start with attitude.
P.A.L. July 3, 2021-15:11

The prayer of the left: Divide and conquer ... then enslave.
The irony is not lost on anyone with actual critical thinking skillz.
Averageguy July 15, 2021-15:12

The words apply to any and all who suffered in their past. But the the title?! What nation is this "Black Nation"? America has a national anthem struck during a war for independence just like the civil war when hundreds of thousands died and secured freedom for those brought from Africa. Time to end these segregationis the tactics and join together for the sake of our exceptional country.
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