We Rise (Maya Angelou Tribute)

by Jim Beckwith



In solidarity for all those marching for peace, integrity, hope, justice, fairness and equality. I voiced this on the fly the day Maya Angelou died. Such great words of hope and strength that seem so relevant today.


You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

I rise
I rise
I rise.

(excerpt from Maya Angelou's 'I Rise'


released January 20, 2017
Jim Beckwith vocals and music.
May Angelou words.



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Jim Beckwith Los Angeles, California

Jim Beckwith is a singer with a unique and compelling voice; a soulful texture that draws on influences from jazz and pop to R&B and voices from around the world. His voice has been called 'a male Sade' and something like 'a refined Sting'. Songs with lyrics that make you think and feel. Jim has players on his CD that play with artists like Sting, Stevie Wonder and James Taylor. ... more


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