African Child

I was born in Africa
With the spirit of a fighter
Through thick and thin I stay strong
The fighter in me is always alive

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Growing up wasn’t a smooth journey
Struggling through the hood
Walking many kilometres to school
Still I never gave up

Am like a cat with seven lives
When you think I give up I rise again
Am stronger than you can ever imagine
Mentally am a winner

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high
I’ll always rise

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Overseas overland
Over mountains and in the wild
I’ll be great and I’ll be strong
Am an African child

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Living each day with terror and fear
Still I rise

in the midst of great scam
In the midst of subsidy removal
In the midst of taking my people for granted
Still I rise

Does my naughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Digging’ in my own back yard.

Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
Growing in a country that promises nothing
Still I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
An african child and will always rise
And forever I’ll rise

Just like my forefathers did
During the period of the great slave trade
When they were treated like sh*t
I’ll rise

Black is a unique colour
Mix all the colours of these world together
It surely will give you black
Just to show how strong I am

Am an African
Will forever be African
No matter where I find myself
I’ll always rep Africa

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