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By The Mighty Sparrow

From the beginning of time, reaching out to the sublime
In a cold and hostile world
We have struggled to exist in this earthly wilderness
Seeking an elusive goal
Many times it seemed that we are fighting a hopeless cause
Implying extinction is our lot
Because we were constantly ravaged by scourges and wars
We gripe, we quarrel and complain but
In the ending up, believe it or not

We will survive, no matter what the odds
Man will survive, inspired by our gods
There's a hard road we travel
But to triumph, we shall
We go toil, we go struggle
'Cause at the end of it all
Whether you big or small, Peter helping Paul
'Til the Master call, we fight for survival.

In pursuit of happiness, searching for material bliss
We have toiled unceasingly
Giving of our very best, in this never-ending quest
We have sought increasingly
Disappointed by our friends and betrayed by conjugal mates
Surrounded by crime of every sort
Cruelty never ends and for us is a test of faith
Emphasized by condemnation
Penalized with retribution

But, we will survive, don't care what people say
I'm telling you, man will survive to see yet a brighter day
Is a mountain we climbing, some will rise, some will fall
There'll be slipping and sliding
'Cause at the back of it all
Metaphysical, deep and spiritual
'Til the Master call, we fight for survival.

Modern day societies, melting pot communities
There are several rules and laws
Where the poor become subservient to the rich and affluent
Or they show their fangs and claws
Divided by creed and race, it ent easy to be free
No one knows for sure if we really can
Can ever find an equal pace and live as one family
Sometimes it hard to find solution
But nothing conquers the will of man

We will survive though times may be rough
Man will survive, we know how to be tough
So let nothing divide we, all for one, one for all
Feel the power and the glory 'cause at the back of it all
Though we wine and bawl, breaking down dance hall
'Til the Master call, we fight for survival.

Coming through the dark ages, looked upon as savages
Haunted by unrighteousness, time and place and circumstance
And some people's ignorance
We had to face all kind of prejudice
Subjected to slavery, bound by economic chains
Quick to hold but slow to develop
Daunted by redundancy, plagued by emotional pains
Still for all we wouldn't stop, cry surrender or give it up

No, we willl survive as we have throughout the years
Man will survive through pain, sorrow and tears
To ensure our existence, to walk proud, to stand tall
Yet to humble in His presence
'Cause at the back of it all
Though we wine and bawl, breaking down dance hall
'Til the Master call, we fight for survival.

N.B. The lyrics posted on this blog are transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!

A Note From The Gull

Thank you Mighty Sparrow.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!