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Lyrics

Times like these, words fall short
They can't express what's deep in our hearts
You fight 'cause you love, you have no choice
Evil takes cover as the pigeon-toed soldier wages war

You hold water like a sponge
And you fight until the war is won
You're always there for your friends
Nothing can dim your light that shines within

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You are a tree
From the first African dawn
From Togo to Arkansas
Roots so deep with memory of a time when we were free
You are a tree
Offer shelter in a storm
Stand for rights at any cost
For the colored folks who lost their way

You've known some troubled times
And you fight for those who're left behind
The Eugene's, Byrd's, Luima's in our lives
Big Momma, Big Daddy passed down the pride
Now you're inspired

You are a tree
From the first African dawn
From Togo to Arkansas
Roots so deep with memory of a time when we were free
Branches sweet with nourishment
Study limbs that never bend
Leaves that offers shade to a bewildered family, oh

Patience and endurance
Winning a secret prayer
Endurance
Your roots run deep, you touch our hearts
You just won't quit
'Cause you know that justice differed is just us denies
You have been there from the very start

You are a tree
Courage and patience, winning endurance
Secret prayer
Nothing can dim the light shining within
So bright, blinds despair
Courage and patience, winning endurance
Secret prayer
Nothing can dim the light shining within
So bright, blinds despair
Courage and patience, winning endurance
Keep your light shining
Tree of the freedom
Courage and patience, winning endurance
Keep your light shining
Tree of the freedom

You know that there's a tree
And I know, I know, I know it's a tree
Oh yea, yea, yea, yea
Oh you're the tree of the freedom

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