Rally Call

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Rally Call.

Summoning the troops.

Monique is sings to all disenfranchised people across the United States.

Saying that when we claim all the parts of ourselves, only then will we know true freedom.

It’s also a song to individuals, black, white and everything in between, who’ve ever been waiting for someone to save them.

The phrase ‘get rid of those papers’ is a call back to a time in history where blacks could not be out on their own without 'papers' showing they had a right to be out or that they belonged to some plantation. The same as blacks in South Africa during apartheid.

This song is about claiming yourself.

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Rally Call

I'm in the fields
my body's broke, my spirit is tired
I need relief
your god ain't the one who's taking me higher
my sovereignty, my way
lord Jesus forgive me.
come walk with me
outgrown your skin
don't owe nobody no favors

there's a road where we're walking on thunder
where we all go deliver ourselves
lay down by the trees we hung under
so we own every part of our self

you call this free?
still looking for saviors
get off your knees
and get rid of those papers

the cage bird sings
an ancient song he's almost forgotten
did you clip your wings?
and take your place among the downtrodden?
our children they know that
the system is broken
I have a dream
I'm here to stir the pot of commotion

there's a road where we're walking on thunder
where we all go deliver ourselves
we lay down by the trees we've hung under
so we can ? every part of our self

Lay, lay, lay, lay

you call this free?
still looking for saviors
get off your knees
and get rid of those papers

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from the Sovereign One, released September 27, 2018

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Monique DeBose Los Angeles, California

LA native Monique DeBose is an award-winning playwright and songwriter. the Sovereign One–debuted at #2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. Inspired by her experience of what it means to be African American & Irish American, she wrote the funny, heartwarming and disruptive one-woman show Mulatto Math: Summing Up The Race Equation in America to initiate conversation and heal race relations in America. ... more

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