Song Lyrics:

I heard the words coming from my radio
singing, “If you’re ready, (come go with me)”
the pulse was steady and the rhythm slow
Mavis, tearing up the melody

Then the news broke my reverie
and turned the summer heat to frost
with words I’ve heard too frequently;
nine good people paid the cost.

you brought me water when I needed to drink
you held out a net when I was near the brink
you covered me up when I thought I might freeze
now they’ve taken you, and left me on my knees

who are these devils with hearts of coal
and empty rooms behind their eyes
how many bells still need to toll
how many suns still need to rise

and my blood sped up and my body shivered
for the angels lining up at Heaven’s Gate
when nine in Charleston were hand delivered
by the cold fingerprints of hate
this peaceful house has lifted souls
by teaching how to rise above
now each and every bullet hole
shall be filled with grace and sealed with love

I’ve raised this voice for all these years
been rewarded for the sound it makes
it won’t mean a thing if I can’t dry the tears
when the gun shot rings and the levee breaks

and my blood sped up and my body shivered
for the angels lining up at Heaven’s Gate
when nine in Charleston were hand delivered
by the cold fingerprints of hate
200 summers’ healing hands
200 winters’ open door
200 autumns, and may you stand
for at least 200 more


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