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Stranger in This Land Lyrics Joy Denalane

Joy Denalane - Stranger in This Land Songtext

I was the daughter of a little known king
When they came and put me in a castle
My eyes had never seen
They spoke in tongues I've never heard
They took me to the sea at the edge of the earth
I journied tempest waters, reached these distant shores
My clothes are tattered and my soul is worn
I bore a daughter in captivity
They came late one night to take her away from me
I cried and I cried, oh Lord have mercy on me
Can't they see, that little girl is royalty

I held my ground and took my stand
Can't help feeling sometimes
That I'm a stranger in this land
In this land of mine

My mother used to cook and clean
For the rich folks on the hill
Made sure I got an education
And could hardly pay the bills
I studied schools of thought and philosophies of man
Started questioning the contradictions in this land
I left the classroom, joined the rallies in the street
Marching hand in hand in the mississippi heat
I spent so many years of my life on the move
That confrontation was the only thing I knew
Talking unity and how we gone push on through
Can't even say no more if anything's improved

I held my ground and took my stand
Can't help feeling sometimes
That I'm a stranger in this land
In this land of mine

I'm a family man with a wife
And two kids to feed
I dedicated my life
To seeing succeed
The way I sought to make it, I learned to follow the rules
So we can make sure our children visit the finest schools
Grandmas on the weekends going on about the good old days
When decent black folks be trying to make a change
My parents used to tell me to live my life steadfast
But some may ask me what it is that I have

I held my ground and took my stand
Can't help feeling sometimes
That I'm a stranger in this land
In this land of mine
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