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“I Know Where I’ve Been”

18 January 2010

In memory of St. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From the musical Hairspray, performed here by Queen Latifah in the 2007 movie

There’s a light in the darkness
Though the night is black as my skin
There’s a light burning bright
Showing me the way
But I know where I’ve been

There’s a cry in the distance
It’s a voice that comes from deep within
There’s a cry asking why
I pray the answer’s up ahead
‘Cause I know where I’ve been

There’s a road we’ve been travelin’
Lost so many on the way
But the riches will be plenty
Worth the price,
The price we had to pay

There’s a dream in the future
There’s a struggle that we have yet to win
And there’s pride in my heart
‘Cause I know where I’m going, yes, I do!
And I know where I’ve been

There’s a road we must travel,
There’s a promise we must make
But the riches will be plenty
Worth the risk and chances that we take

There’s a dream–yeah yey yeah–in the future
There’s a struggle that we have yet to win
Use that pride in our hearts
To lift us up until tomorrow
‘Cause just to sit still would be a sin

I know it, I know it
I know where I’m going
Lord knows, I know where I’ve been

Oh! When we win,
I’ll give thanks to my God
‘Cause I know where I’ve been

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