Generations before us embolden us with courage.
Words and music by Sarah Pirtle © 2017, Discovery Center Music, BMI
1. The work they did, the Change Makers,
they gave us hope to build tomorrow.
Am F. G
They put a candle in our hands.
They showed a road that we can follow.
Chorus: I’m gonna speak up in my strongest voice.
Keep leaning in with all my might.
We will build the road we need.
C G C
I’m gonna hold up my strongest light.
2. The work they did gives us our lives.
They taught us no one can divide us.
They take our hands and pull us on.
They’re at our shoulder now to guide us.
The work we do gives us our dreams
to move ahead and keep on building.
Make way, we bring the dawn.
It’s for the children’s children’s children.
Production: Engineered by Loren Feinstein, Colrain, MA.
About This Song
A long line of people have passed on strength that those of us living today are informed and inspired by. The everyday bravery of generations before us offers us a crucial presence. As you reach for this presence, what do you discover? Who do you carry along with you for inspiration? When you are standing at the sink washing dishes, is there a person who you feel is alongside you as a moral, spiritual, political guide?
"When I dare to be powerful --
to use my strength in the service of my vision,
then it becomes less and less important
whether I am afraid."
-- Audre Lorde (1934-1992)
Abby Brockman writes, “We stand on the shoulders of giants. Thank you Corazon Aquino, Audre Lorde, Howard Zinn, Bella Abzug, Malala Yousafzai, Marsha P. Johnson, Ella Baker, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Saul Alinsky, Yuri Kochiyama, Miss Major Griffin Gracy, Grace Lee Boggs, Berta Cáceres, Dolores Huerta, LaDonna Harris, Dorothy I. Height, Wilma Mankiller, Diane Nash, Hannah G. Solomon, Gloria Steinem, and many, many others for showing us the way.”