Navasha Daya & Fanon Hill – Baltimore Stand Strong

Featuring: Kelly Bell, Jonathan Gilmore, Quinton Randall, Rashad « Hurricane The King » Hawkins, Whit Williams, and Abu The Flutemaker

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Directed by Toroes Thomas
Script Development by Fanon Hill

SYNOPSIS
*** « Baltimore Stand Strong » was recorded during the curfew hours imposed on Tubman City (Baltimore, Maryland) in the aftermath of the revolt that took place on April 27, 2015.

« Baltimore Stand Strong » presents Navasha Daya soulfully at the top of her game. Supported by a stellar intergenerational ensemble of Baltimore’s finest musicians, and securely anchored by the anthemic writing, arrangement and production of multi-instrumentalist Fanon Hill, « Baltimore Stand Strong » is a must have!

LYRICS
« Baltimore Stand Strong »
Music and lyrics written by Fanon Hill for Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP); rap written and performed by Rashad « Hurricane The King » Hawkins

Verse 1:
A pregnant city, she’s 47 years past due
She’s giving birth to a future that wants to be equal too
And like those before us, hand in hand with mighty courage in their hearts
We know we have no choice but to push, to push, to push to push on through

Chorus:
Baltimore- stand strong, push on, be strong, love strong, love strong, love strong
Baltimore – you’ve gotta be freedom song! A freedom song!
Baltimore- stand strong, push on, be strong, love strong, love strong, love strong
Baltimore baby, you gotta to keep holding on! holding on!

Verse 2:
Now just about everyday, someone new shouts from the mountaintop
All is better here, but that’s not the reality for me and you
Yet still we know that until lions tell their mighty tale
The story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter, our respect’s not for sale

Chorus:
Baltimore- stand strong, push on, be strong, love strong, love strong, love strong
Baltimore – you’ve gotta be freedom song! A freedom song!
Baltimore- stand strong, push on, be strong, love strong, love strong, love strong
Baltimore baby, you gotta to keep holding on! Holding on!

Bridge:
What would Walter P. Carter say, if he stood here today? Now somebody tell me; what would Nancy Harrigan say, if she lived today?
Baltimore, Baltimore, Baltimore, Baltimore, Baltimore!

Baltimore City, look to the sky, the North Star is still shining, still shining.
Only we, and we alone can change, change our story
Everything we need, we possess within. There’s always a silver lining
The moon moves slowly, but it crosses our city bringing a fresh sunrise in glory

Rap (Rashad « Hurricane The King » Hawkins): As all the high rises fall, those that fell still rise. Resilient in our eyes, you can see we hypnotized by the strength we possess as one. I look at my son and see the days when I was young cops had us on the run just from being born here and sharing the shade of my peers. I see the renaissance near elevating from fear, yeah. They throwing us away because our moms can’t pay. Fathers need commissary cause they were raised the same way. So let us pray…

Outro:
Who amongst us will light a candle to help our children find their way back home.
Blessed are all the teachers, who teach our children that to live a life with truth is to be unsold.
Neighborhood by neighborhood we’ve got to claim a brighter future, that’s the only way we’re going to make it better.
We’ve got to let justice & love be the center of our persistence , yeah yeah, yeah.

Find our way back home (repeat)

Bringing unity like Jose Ruiz
Hmmm
One of these ole days
Be as strong as A.K. Brunson ya’ll
We’re gonna find
Have fierce compassion like Bea Gaddy ya’ll
Oh, hmmm
I’m gonna….
Self-determined like Charlie Dugger ya’ll
Healing hearts like Paula Whaley ya’ll
Organizing like Betty Robinson
Keeping our children safe like Greta and Mark on Font Hill
We’re gonna, we’re gonna, we’re gonna find our way back home
Yeah, we’re gonna find our way back home

SONG DETAILS
« Baltimore Stand Strong » was written, composed and produced by Fanon Hill for Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

Drums: Charles Wilson
Bass: Anthony « Blue » Jenkins
Guitar: Matthew Chase
Hammond B3 Organ: Lorenzo Johnson
Percussion: Leroy « Boogie » Greer
Baritone Saxophone: Whit Williams
Plumberphone, Funnelphone and Clariboo all handmade and played by Abu The Flutemaker

Executive Producer: Fanon Hill
Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by Steve Wright at Wrightway Studios, Baltimore, MD.
Mastered by Anthony Eichler at Tone Master, Silver Spring, MD
Additional background vocal arrangements by Navasha Daya

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