From the recording 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