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Nina Cried Power
Hozier Lyrics


It's not the wakin', it's the risin'
It is the groundin' of a foot uncompromisin'
It's not forgoin' of the lie
It's not the openin' of eyes
It's not the wakin', it's the risin'

It's not the shade we should be cast in
It's the light and it's the obstacle that casts it
It's the heat that drives the light
It's the fire it ignites
It's not the wakin', it's the risin'

It's not the song, it is the singin'
It's the heaven of the human spirit ringin'
It is the bringin' of the line
It is the bearin' of the lie
It's not the wakin', it's the risin'

And I could cry power (power)
Power (power)
Power, Lord
Nina cried power
Billie cried power
Mavis cried power

And I could cry power (power)
Power (power)
Power, Lord
Curtis cried power
Patti cried power
Nina cried power

It's not the war but what's behind it
Lord, the fear of foul men is mere assignment
And everythin' that we're denied by keepin' the divide
It's not the wakin', it's the risin'

And I could cry power (power)
Power (power)
Power, Lord
Nina cried power
Lennon cried power
James Brown cried power

And I could cry power
Power (power)
Power (power)
Power, Lord
B.B. cried power
Joni cried power
Nina cried power

And I could cry power
Power has been cried by those stronger than me
Straight into the face that tells you to rattle your chains
If you love bein' free

Ah, Lord, I could cry power (power)
'Cause power is my love and my righteous to me
James Brown cried power
Seeger cried power
Woman cried power
Yeah ah, power
James cried power
Millie cried power
Kenny cried power
Billie, power
Dylan, power
Woody, power
Nina cried power

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Written by: Andrew Hozier-Byrne

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LYRICS

It's not the wakin', it's the risin'
It is the groundin' of a foot uncompromisin'
It's not forgoin' of the lie
It's not the openin' of eyes
It's not the wakin', it's the risin'

It's not the shade we should be cast in
It's the light and it's the obstacle that casts it
It's the heat that drives the light
It's the fire it ignites
It's not the wakin', it's the risin'

It's not the song, it is the singin'
It's the heaven of the human spirit ringin'
It is the bringin' of the line
It is the bearin' of the lie
It's not the wakin', it's the risin'

And I could cry power (power)
Power (power)
Power, Lord
Nina cried power
Billie cried power
Mavis cried power

And I could cry power (power)
Power (power)
Power, Lord
Curtis cried power
Patti cried power
Nina cried power

It's not the war but what's behind it
Lord, the fear of foul men is mere assignment
And everythin' that we're denied by keepin' the divide
It's not the wakin', it's the risin'

And I could cry power (power)
Power (power)
Power, Lord
Nina cried power
Lennon cried power
James Brown cried power

And I could cry power
Power (power)
Power (power)
Power, Lord
B.B. cried power
Joni cried power
Nina cried power

And I could cry power
Power has been cried by those stronger than me
Straight into the face that tells you to rattle your chains
If you love bein' free

Ah, Lord, I could cry power (power)
'Cause power is my love and my righteous to me
James Brown cried power
Seeger cried power
Woman cried power
Yeah ah, power
James cried power
Millie cried power
Kenny cried power
Billie, power
Dylan, power
Woody, power
Nina cried power



D Jackson

@Frank Tiemens Bit of an over-the-top response to a one sentence comment, don't you think?

You were encouraging rioting. Not protesting, nothing peaceful. Rioting. Perhaps you should look up the definition of riot and then come back and explain how you weren't advocating violence, considering they go hand-in-hand.

Do you have any evidence to support your claims that the protest became violent because of police intervention? Or is this just one side, your side, of a two-sided coin?

"The only 'violence' by protesters mentioned was throwing back teargas canisters thrown by police." - you are either outright lying or seriously misinformed, if you think that is the case. Was Branden Michael Wolfe a police officer, or am I missing something? Did the other three men indicted along with him manage to start a fire with tear gas canisters which were used by the police, or again, am I missing something? Did they bring Molotov cocktails in order to peacefully protest? How does that work exactly?

I respect all opinions, but, don't insult the intelligence of yourself as well as everyone reading your comment by claiming that there was no violence until there was a police presence, this just isn't true and you know it. Scores of people used these protests as an excuse to riot, destroy their own community and anyone with half a brain knows this. A large portion of the people in attendance had no regard whatsoever for the actual protests or the message behind said protests and a whopping $500 million in property damage was caused. Who has to pay to repair this damage? You do.



Frank Tiemens

@D Jackson organising that does not impact the systems of power can be easily dismissed. Only when you disrupt the status quo are those in power forced to take notice.

You seem to assume I'm advocating for violence, when I'm actually advocating for civil disobedience.

Are you advocating against violence? The violence of the status quo? The economic violence of intentional disemployment, evictions during a global pandemic, and police brutality, the most obvious form of violence imaginable?

Do you know how the protests became 'riots' in the first place? Police interference. Every protest was peaceful unless the overly militarized police stepped in. Almost violence perpetrated by them, again. The only 'violence' by protesters mentioned was throwing back teargas canisters thrown by police.

People have tried to deal with the crimes and violence of police and our economic system in a legal way for a very long time. When effective forms of protests are illegal, you will have to choose:

Do you favour violence by the oppressor? Or do you favour the fight against oppression?

Right now, you're choosing the former, because of your simplistic and incomplete view of morality by entirely substituting it for legality.



Devy

For anyone interested the in order of mention follows:
Nina Simone
Billie Holliday
Mavis Staples
Curtis Mayfield
Patti LaBelle
John Lennon
James Brown
B.B. King
Joni Mitchell
Pete Seeger
Marvin Gaye
Millie Jackson
Bob Dylan
Woody Guthrie



All comments from YouTube:

House Hippo

My name is Nina. A young black girl. You don't know how much this song did for me and many others like me who are hurting and just want to feel

Kathryn McKeown

I am from Ireland where Hozier was raised. I am so proud of him and I am so proud of my country because there are so many very compassionate people here who have a great understanding of the pain that people suffer. This is due to our own history as our own little island has had its fair share of issues. We had a famine in the mid 1800s as our main crop, the potato began to rot. We believe that this was done on purpose to kill off the population and it worked. Instead of helping their neighbours, the British came along and stole all of the other sources of food that could have sustained our people . Meat, vegetables , grain etc and took it to England for their own people. Our ancestors suffered greatly. They were put out of their homes, burnt at home whilst they slept if they were caught helping anyone. They were beaten, imprisoned for nothing, raped and murdered. For years, we were nicknamed 'The blacks of Europe' by the British and their supporters. They seen the Irish as subhuman and treated our people accordingly. That's why so many of us stand with the oppressed and why we are not prejudiced or greedy. If we can help people in any way, most of us will.
Thankfully there have been major improvements in the last few decades. Are you from America? I hope things are going to improve over there. It's so sad to hear about and see people so divided and to witness the blatant inequalities and poor treatment of the minorities. I pray for the USA and will continue to do so.

What the hell dude

You’re never alone girl. You are beautiful and strong. Never forget that.

Natalia Kolasa

Go girl and listen to some Nina Simone❤️❤️❤️and stay strong

Joan O.

♥️♥️♥️♥️

Carla Martins

"It's not the song, it is the singing
It's the heaven of the human spirit ringing"

Pro Adam

@Carla Martins a

Marcia B.

Epic lyrics

Illinois Has Entered The Chat

Ok boomer

Carla Martins

@robert eurich thank you for clarifying it :)

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