The Rain

"The Rain" is the second song of Shawn E. Okpebholo's Two Black Churches, which sets the text of Dudley Randall and Marcus Amaker.

Date: 2020Composer: Shawn E. OkpebholoText: Marcus AmakerSong Collection: Two Black Churches

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    The Rain

    When the reality
    of racism returns,
    all joy treads water
    in oceans of buried

    is doing
    everything it can
    to only swim
    in a colorless liquid
    of calm sea
    and blind faith.

    But the Lowcountry
    is a terrain
    of ancient tears,
    suffocating through
    floods of

    When gunshots
    made waves,
    we closed our eyes,
    held our breath
    and went under.

    And we are still
    trying not to
    taste the salt
    of our surrounding blues
    or face the rising tide
    of black pain.

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    Sheet Music

    Okpebholo: "Two Black Churches"

    Composer(s): Shawn Okpebholo

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