Lament: Like Rain

Marty Austin Lamar is a musician, writer, and thespian. Marty currently serves as The Director of Music and Creative Arts at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, and as a full-time lecturer and coordinator of the BFA Musical Theater program at Howard University.  

Words and Music By: Marty Austin Lamar, Snokey Music, 2015, Kinship Entertainment Group, LLC

VERSE 1:

What about 

That little boy

Hood on his head

Now he is dead

 

And what about 

That corner man

Trying to make a way

They took his breath away

 

It seems these crimes

Will not end

How much longer

Will we pretend

Where’s the justice

The peace for all

Lord we cry

Hear our call

 

CHORUS:

Lord we pray

That justice will prevail

We know that You won’t fail

And Lord we pray

That You will hear our call

And justice will fall

Like rain

 

VERSE 2:

What about 

That mother there

Forced to say goodbye

Lord her daughter died

 

What happened

Nobody knows

Three days and life no more

Her dreams lay on the floor

 

It seems these crimes

Will not end

How much longer

Will we pretend

Where’s the justice

The peace for all

Lord we cry

Hear our call

 

CHORUS:

Lord we pray

That justice will prevail

We know that You won’t fail

And Lord we pray

That You will hear our call

And justice will fall

Like rain

 

BRIDGE:

Where?

Is the justice for all

And how?

Many people must fall

And when?

Will this madness ever end

God

Your people please defend

 

CHORUS:

Lord we pray

That justice will prevail

We know that You won’t fail

And Lord we pray

That You will hear our call

And justice will fall

Like rain

 

VAMP:

Rain on us

Rain on us

Rain on us

Rain on us

 

Rain on us

(Nobody bigger)

Rain on us

(Nobody wiser)

Rain on us

(Rain down Your love)

 

Rain down Your healing

Rain down Your grace

 

CHORUS:

Lord we pray

That You will hear our call

And justice will fall

Like rain

 

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