'Till We Reach That Day Lyrics. From Musical "Ragtime"

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'Till We Reach That Day Lyrics


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(The CROWD, MORGAN, THE CANDIDATE and POLICEMEN disappear. COALHOUSE enters and rushes to SARAH'S lifeless body.)

COALHOUSE
Noooooo!!!

(People lift SARAH up. The dirge begins.)


MOURNERS
Oh...
Oh...
Oh...

(We are now at Sarah's funeral. To the slow rhythm of a drum, a processional enters bearing SARAH'S coffin.)

SARAH'S FRIEND
There's a day of hope
May I live to see,
When our hearts are happy
And our souls are free
Let the new day dawn
Oh, Lord, I pray
We'll never get to heaven
Till we reach that day

OTHER MOURNERSIt's a day of peace.A day of prideA day of justiceWe have been deniedWhen a man can liveAnd a child can
playWe'll never get to heaven Till we reach that day SARAH'S FRIENDA day of prideIt's been denied

COALHOUSE
What they did to her
What they took from her
She had life in her
Lord, she had my baby!
Look what they left of her
Left of her, left of my girl!

EMMAShe was nothing to themShe was a woman.MOTHER & EMMANothing and no one to them COALHOUSEMy girl.

EMMA, MOTHER & COALHOUSE
So they beat her
And beat her and beat her and...

MOURNERSA day of peaceA day of prideA day of justiceWe have been deniedLet the new day dawnOh Lord... COALHOUSEThere was
blood on the groundCOALHOUSE, EMMA, MOTHERShe was only a girlCOALHOUSE, EMMA, YOUNGER BROTHER, MOTHER, FATHERIt will happen
againABOVE, PLUS IMMIGRANTS, HARLEMIt will happen againAnd again and again

TATEH
Why does nobody care?

YOUNGER BROTHER, EMMA
There is blood in the air!

WOMEN
We have voices and souls!

COALHOUSE, MOTHER, EMMA, YOUNGER BROTHER
What is wrong with this country?

IMMIGRANTS
She was somebody's child!

HARLEM MEN
There are Negroes out there!

IMMIGRANTS, BLACKS, WOMEN with EMMA (shouting over)
There are people out there!

ALL
Give the people
A day of peace
A day of pride
A day of justice
We have been denied
Let the new day dawn
Oh, Lord, I pray...
We'll never get to heaven
Till we reach that day

[Thanks to Yehuda Alexander for lyrics]




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