Justice Music: “Those Who Backs Are Against the Wall”

This song was inspired by Howard Thurman and the phrase so deeply embedded “Those Whose Back Are Against the Wall.” It is “for those who need profound succor and strength to enable them to live in the present with dignity and creativity.”

Lyrics for “Those Who Backs Are Against the Wall”

1st Verse

Here in this moment

We see that are freedom is on the line

But our spirit’s strong and free

With our backs against the wall

Fear and hatred as they scream

Have no power over us

Love and justice, will have the day

See the darkness swept away

Oh God, send your power to strengthen us right now

We will win and testify

We will win

 

2nd verse

We stand together

People that would seem to have no, chance at all.

Can we make it through this time

With our backs against the wall.

Trouble comes on every side,

But we will not be distressed

In confusion, “what’s going on?”

We will not be in despair

Oh God, send your power to strengthen us right now

We will win and testify

We will win and testify

 



Tyrone Birkett is a saxophonist, composer, producer partnering art and social consciousness as an “artist for humanity”. Focused on creating music that affirms the good and the beautiful, in spite of what we see in our world. As the conceptualist, composer and musical director of the band Tyrone Birkett | Emancipation, he has created Postmodern Spirituals, a project that synthesizes jazz language, black church music, soul music & Negro spirituals.

Tyrone has brought curative and empowering art to The Apollo Theater, WNYC/Greene Space, Blue Note Jazz Club, Lehman and York College Performing Art Centers. He has also been awarded grants & commissions from the Puffin Foundation, Drew University, Bronx Council of the Arts and Flushing Town Hall.