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Jacqueline Amos

Oh Black River, Rivers Within Me

Oh Black River, Rivers Within Me
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I know the black rivers that rise upon my feet; I know the black rivers that brought me through the gates; I know the black rivers as the black tears form upon my face; I know the black rivers that sanctified my spirit to grace; Oh black river that lies upon my soul; Oh black river you wear the same face as my son; Oh black river you cleaned the toxins of my sons soul; Never the less the carcass was dead, the soul of the repaving winds; Oh black rivers the cries of the marching waves; Oh black river you herd the songs one day I shall be free; Oh black river that lives within thee.

MY mama scars, my mamas feet, my mama Moses who brought; Me cross the rivers of Jordan, oh glory to God I cry to thee; I bathed in the rivers of the African streams; I built my hut with the rivers and the clay; I looked upon the Niles, I danced upon the sea; I marched in the Deep Souths of the black sea; I herd the singing of the rivers; I saw the blood, march Across the opening of the sea; Oh, black river nobody knows the trouble I have seen; The black rivers open and said, oh yea, oh yea; I am the ancestors lean youre back against the sea.

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