A Lament for America

Were you there when they killed in Baton Rouge?
Did you see Alton Sterling on the ground?
O … o …o …o this is the land of crucifixion.
Were you there when our hands were red with blood?

Were you there when they killed in Falcon Heights?
Philandro Castile dying in his car?
O … o …o …o this is the land of crucifixion.
Were you there when our hands were red with blood?

We were there when police betrayed their trust.
We were there when racism raised its cross.
O … o …o …o how many towns will we be counting?
As we lay this poor country in the grave.

Christ was there under every bullet’s blow.
Christ is weeping with every mother’s grief.
O … o …o …o this is the land of crucifixion.
Christ is black and he’s dying in the street.

If you wish to sing this to the Spiritual “Were You There when They Crucified My Lord” use the following additions:

A Lament for America

Were you there when they killed in Baton Rouge?
Did you see Alton Sterling on the ground?
O … o …o …o this is the land of crucifixion … tremble, tremble.
Were you there when our hands were red with blood?

Were you there when they killed in Falcon Heights?
Philandro Castile dying in his car?
O … o …o …o this is the land of crucifixion … tremble, tremble.
Were you there when our hands were red with blood?

We were there when police betrayed their trust.
We were there when racism raised its cross.
O … o …o …o how many towns will we be counting… counting counting?
(Use musical interlude and name all the towns impacted by police violence … Ferguson, Cleveland …)
As we lay this poor country in the grave.

Christ was there under every bullet’s blow.
Christ is weeping with every mother’s grief.
O … o …o …o this is the land of crucifixion … tremble, tremble.

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One Response to A Lament for America

  1. Erice Fairbrother says:

    Lament for America – how it has touched our hearts here in New Zealand

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