I'm Gonna Lift My Sister Up

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SATB/piano (can also be a cappella) - words & music by Faya Rose Touré - arr. Peter & Mary Alice Amidon

In the Amidons' book & CD "Twenty-five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs". Sung here by Friends-of-the-Amidons-Singers, Mary Alice soloist and pianist. Faya Rose Touré, of Selma Alabama, is a lawyer, and educator, and the first African American woman judge in Alabama. Mary Alice and Peter first learned this from the singing of Jane Sapp. it can be sung a cappella or with piano accompaniment.  The Amidons remembered it as "I'm Gonna Lift My Brother Up" and recorded it that way, but have since found that Faya Rose Touré titles and starts the song with "I'm Gonna Lift My Sister Up".

LYRICS
by Faya Rose Touré

I'm gonna lift my sister up, she is not heavy,
I'm gonna lift my sister up, she is not heavy,
I'm gonna lift my sister up, she is not heavy,
If I can't lift her up,
If I can't lift her up,
If I can't lift her up,
I will fall down.

brother, mother, father

I'm gonna lift my people up, they are not heavy,
I'm gonna lift my people up, they are not heavy,
I'm gonna lift my people up, they are not heavy,
If I can't lift them up,
If I can't lift them up,
If I can't lift them up,
I will fall down.

Tags: secular, a cappella, piano SATB, Amidon Favorites