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There’s a New World Coming

Bernice Johnson Reagon
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[1975]
Words and music by Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Album “Give Your Hands to Struggle”, Paredon Records.
Ristampato nel 1997 su etichetta Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

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“The end of the long liberation struggle by the Vietnamese people – first against the French and then against an international military force led by my country, crippling the lives of so many young people in my age group - represents a decisive shift of power and direction in the international world climate. Developing my warrior experience as a fighter in a Movement committed to non-violence and at the same time finding myself in support of Vietnamese liberation represented another expansion for me: I would not tell other peoples how they should shape their struggle for justice and selfdetermination. "New World Coming" was my way of saying "Amen” to the idea that the big and the mighty are often wrong and sometimes do not win.”
(nota introduttiva al brano dal libretto che accompagna l’album)
Theres a new world coming!
Everything’s gon' be turning over.
Everything’s gon' be turning over.
Where you gon' be standing when it comes?

For far too many years
I been rnarching, singing, and talking
Doing things I thought would make me free
While people halfway ‘round the world
They been fighting, dying, and bleeding
And now it seems that they are gonna be!

Theres a new world coming!
Everything’s gon' be turning over.
Everything’s gon' be turning over.
Where you gon' be standing when it comes?

You know the book, the Bible?
You read it and you'll see
It will surely come to pass
This is how it’s gonna be
Those that were meek and humble
Would come to goin the earth;
Them that shuddered at the bottom
Would rise and rule the world!

Theres a new world coming!
Everything’s gon' be turning over.
Everything’s gon' be turning over.
Where you gon' be standing when it comes?

The nations of Asia and Africa
They're taking over their lives.
The sisters and brothers south of us
Are finally gettin' wise.
Then take a look, United States
Of the North American clime,
With your strange mixture of wealth and hate
You won`t be exempt this time!

Theres a new world coming!
Everything’s gon' be turning over.
Everything’s gon' be turning over.
Where you gon' be standing when it comes?

Contributed by Alessandro - 2010/3/30 - 09:31



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