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"Glory", theme song of the movie "Selma"

The song was performed by rapper Common and pianist-singer John Legend. It was written by Legend, Common and Che Rhymefest Smith, and was the theme song from the 2014 historical drama film "Selma". "Glory" won the award for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards (2015) and the 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015).
Selma song Glory
The story told in the movie "Selma" is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis. In 1965 there were three marches from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, state capital, to affirm the desire of African-American citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote, in defiance of segregationist repression. The marches contributed to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark of the Civil Rights Movement. A hero and leader of the event was Martin Luther King Jr, whose birth (January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.) is celebrated with a federal holiday, called MLK Day or King Day, in the US on the third Monday in January.
    Language Notes and Explanations
  • truant= a student that "plays truant" refuses to go to school; it was s form of protest against the truancy laws, especially aimed at the black community, a form of repession that punished parents whose children had not gone to school.
  • Rosa= Rosa Parks, who on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to obey the bus driver's order to give up her seat to a white passenger.
  • to pan up= rotate upwards (said of a camera, not to broadcast the beatings of black protesters
  • Jim Crow= segregation laws that obliged separate schools, transportation, restrooms, restaurants, drinking fountains for whites and blacks. The character "Jim Crow" derives from "Jump Jim Crow", a song-and-dance caricature of blacks performed by a "blackface" white actor, Thomas D. Rice; "Jim Crow" became a synonim of "Negro".
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One day, when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
Oh, one day, when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be here sure
Oh, glory, glory
Oh, glory, glory

Hands to the Heavens, no man, no weapon
Formed against, yes glory is destined
Every day women and men become legends
Sins that go against our skin become blessings
The movement is a rhythm to us
Freedom is like religion to us
Justice is juxtaposition in us
Justice for all just ain't specific enough
One son died, his spirit is revisitin' us
Truant livin' livin' in us, resistance is us
That's why Rosa sat on the bus
That's why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up
When it go down we woman and man up
They say, "Stay down" and we stand up
Shots, we on the ground, the camera panned up
King pointed to the mountain top and we ran up

One day, when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
Oh, one day, when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be here sure
Oh, glory, glory
Oh, glory, glory glory

Now the war is not over
Victory isn't won
And we'll fight on to the finish
Then when it's all done
We'll cry glory, oh glory
We'll cry glory, oh glory

Selma's now for every man, woman and child
Even Jesus got his crown in front of a crowd
They marched with the torch, we gon' run with it now
Never look back, we done gone hundreds of miles
From dark roads he rose, to become a hero
Facin' the league of justice, his power was the people
Enemy is lethal, a king became regal
Saw the face of Jim Crow under a bald eagle
The biggest weapon is to stay peaceful
We sing, our music is the cuts that we bleed through
Somewhere in the dream we had an epiphany
Now we right the wrongs in history
No one can win the war individually
It takes the wisdom of the elders and young people's energy
Welcome to the story we call victory
Comin' of the Lord, my eyes have seen the glory

One day, when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
Oh, one day, when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be here sure
Oh, glory, glory
Oh, glory, glory glory

When the war is done, when it's all said and done
We'll cry glory, oh glory