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ZAP Music presents: SONGS

Walking A Wounded

Featuring Natalie Gond and Michael Robinson.

The end of "Forever Free" segues gracefully into the mesmerizing and haunting "Walking A Wounded" which is a different kind of duet and one of the highlights of Peace Oratorio. Again this tune is meant to be sung by an African-American and a white singer, hopefully different from the two on the song just before. It has a bit of a Scottish feel to its melody and the lyric too. The length of each performance will depend on the feeling of the moment and the skills of the improvisers whether it be the singers or the musicians or both! In this performance, Natalie Gond and Michael Robinson give an emotional reading, and the Highlites choir and the Peace Oratorio orchestra are right on!

NARRATION : Coretta Scott King  later said “ At that moment it seemed as if the Kingdom of God appeared. But it only lasted a moment.” The assassination of NAACP leader Medgar Evers which preceded the march to Washington by two months had shocked and saddened everyone in the Civil Rights movement, but on September 15th, 1963 at the Sixteenth Street Baptist church in Birmingham, when a bomb killed four little girls innocently playing  there, it sickened the entire nation. And finally, on November 22nd, 1963 when John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the whole world mourned, Martin Luther King  found the proper words to put in perspective these crimes against humanity. 

WALKING A WOUNDED

OH YE GO A WALKING, OH  YE  GO  A  WALKING
 
OH YE GO A WALKING A WOUNDED HEY DE HEY (2X)
 
OOH, OOH…
 
YOU LIVE IN THE FLOWER OF YOUR SPECIAL POWER
 
SPREAD YOUR TONGUE WITH DUST
 
 WHILE YOU’RE WALKING ON YOUR WAY
 
LIVING IN THE SHADE OF YOUR PURPLE HAZE
 
OH YOUR HEART IS CRUSHED BUT
 
 YOU’RE WALKING HEY DE HEY
 
CHORUS
           
OOH, OOH…
 
YOU LIVE BLESSED AND CURSED, FOR BETTER FOR WORSE
 
O YE GO A WALKING A WOUNDED HEY DE HEY
 
YOU LIVE HIGH AND LOW YOU KNOW WHERE YOU GO
 
 YES YE GO A WALKING A WOUNDED HEY DE HEY
 
CHORUS
 
OOH, OOH…
 
  STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWER OF YOUR SPECIAL POWER
 
O YE GO A WALKING A WOUNDED HEY DE HEY
 
YOU SHALL TELL YOUR CHILD THAT ALL LIFE IS WILD
 
O YE GO A WALKING A WOUNDED HEY DE HEY
 
DOUBLE CHORUS