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ZAP Music presents: SONGS

Big City Of Peace

Featuring Joniece Jamison and Portia Manyike with the Highlites Choir and the Peace Oratorio Orchestra

As the crowd was already on their feet and dancing to Brother, Brother, I was happy that I had prepared an encore on the positive theme of building and living in a "Big City of Peace". It's a Gospel 2-Step, and it really excited the curiosity of the kids as they attempted to accommodate  this new rhythm on the fly at their show. For the Peace Oratorio in December 2013 here in Paris, I will be training the kids in this tricky rhythm and we will see at the Ménilmontant theater if 300 kids can get the rhythm right together!

I love Portia's moment near the end when she sings "Never forget to dream and always keep believing..." She inspired this lyric because of her experience growing up in the Alexandra township in Johannesburg South Africa under apartheid in the 1980's before Nelson Mandela was freed. She has a soft spotlight on her as she sings so truthfully "And we shall always be... Forever Free". And then she and Joniece rock down the house on some incredibly soulful singing that is half Gospel and have South African and 100% Peace Oratorio! If you've gotten this far in listening to the project, thank you for your kind attention, and please go to the guest page and leave a comment. I sincerely hope to see you at a show very very soon. THANK YOU!

BIG CITY OF PEACE

 BIG CITY OF DREAMS, BIG CITY OF LOVE 

BIG CITY OF LIGHTS THAT WE’RE DREAMING OF, 

NOW WE’RE FINDIN’ HOPE THAT’LL NEVER CEASE 

WE’RE GONNA BUILD IT UP A BIG CITY OF PEACE 

BIG CITY OF PEACE, BIG CITY OF PEACE

BIG CITY OF PEACE, BIG CITY OF PEACE

DON’T YOU KNOW THAT THERE’S A PLACE TO GO 

BIG CITY OF LOVE, BIG CITY OF LIGHT 

THAT WE’RE DREAMING OF RIGHT HERE TONGHT

A LIGHT IS SHINING FROM WEST TO EAST

BIG CITY OF LOVE BIG CITY OF PEACE

CHORUS

(BREAK)           I said “Yeah”   YEAH   I said “All right!” ALL RIGHT

I said “Oh”   OH    I said “YEAH”   YEAH!!!    

BIG CITY OF DREAMS, BIG CITY OF LOVE

BIG CITY OF LIGHTS THAT WE’RE DREAMING OF,

NOW WE’RE FINDIN’ HOPE AND WE’RE FOREVER FREE 

WE’RE GONNA BUILD IT UP A BIG CITY OF PEACE

BIG CITY OF PEACE, BIG CITY OF PEACE

 BIG CITY OF PEACE, BIG CITY OF PEACE

DON’T YOU KNOW THAT THERE’S A PLACE TO GO…

OOH OOH,  OOH OH

SOLO : NEVER FORGET TO DREAM AND ALWAYS KEEP BELIEVING

         NEVER FORGET TO GIVE AND YOU WILL KEEP RECEIVING

JUST LOOK INTO YOUR EYES AND THE COURAGE NEVER DIES

                     AND YE SHALL ALWAYS BE…

                   FOREVER FREE,  FOREVER FREE … FOREVER FREE!

FOREVER FREE, FOREVER FREE

     FOREVER FREE, FOREVER FREE 

         WE WILL ALWAYS BE, FOREVER FREE

WE WILL ALWAYS BE, FOREVER FREE 

WE WILL ALWAYS BE, FOREVER FREE

WE WILL ALWAYS BE, FOREVER FREE

DON’T YOU KNOW THAT WE WILL ALWAYS BE… 

FOREVER FREE!