My Soul Rises Still

Words and music copyright ©1984 by Howard Ashby Kranz

 

††† Dm7††††††††††† sus4†††††††† Dm7††††††††† sus4††† Dm7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Am7

1. Deep in the night and close in the heat, a sudden human cry jars my blood with piercing clamor.

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But this time itís only a mocking prankster, and the pain and need of the cry dissolve in hollow laughter.

††††††††††††† Dm7†† sus4†††††††† Dm7†††† sus4††† Dm7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Am7

Still the fear invites me to come inside its helpless place of cold retreat and displaced anger.

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And itís only your faint remembered voice that calls me back within myself to strength so tender.

E†††††††††††††††††† Dm7

My soul rises still.

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2. Lost in the slabs of steel wall shelter in the concrete market where the souls weave days

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and the sunís strength batters.

††††† Dm7sus4††††††††† Dm7††††††† sus4††††††††††† Dm7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Am7

Itís hard to hear that small real voice when inside and outside everything is such drone and clatter

††††††††††††† Dm7†† sus4†††† Dm7††††††† sus4††††††††††††††† Dm7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††Am7

Theyíre telling me that you donít care, then they turn around and theyíre telling you that I donít matter.

E†††††††††††††††††† Dm7

My soul rises still

 

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3. For far beneath their bottom line the earthís truth sings in a noiseless voice of the dream that must be:

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They can laugh at my chains, they can burn my bones, they can break my heart,

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but if I live in you they cannot touch me.

E†††††††††††††††††† Am

My soul rises still.