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​Martin

This song is by Shirley Caesar and appears on the album Celebration (1985).

I have a dream today
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight
I have a dream today

He was a rugged man with a heart of gold inside
He lived life dangerously but with kindness running through his eyes
Friends were dear to him for love was his only crime
And now he's changing his earthly brothers by the life that he left behind

Martin, you left us all to quickly
It would be great to hear your voice again
And if I could share this earthly life over with you again
Oh, we'd be as close as brothers and we'd be the best of friends

He was a weary traveler always on the run
In search of happiness, a search for everyone
He finally found that peace when Jesus called him home
The pressures and toil have been released and he'll never again be alone

Martin, you left us all to quickly
It would be great to hear your voice again
And if I could share this earthly life over with you again
Oh, we'd be as close as brothers and we'd be the best of friends
And if I could share this earthly life over with you again
We would be as close as brothers and we'll be the best of friends

Thank you Martin, thank you for laying the foundation for peace for our families, for our schools, for our country, for our government
Since then, we've all been touched by your life and by your work
Thank you Martin, thank you for the marches for freedom on Washington, on Salem, on Montgomery and yes, even Memphis
Your words will still ring out throughout the world

And when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every state and every city, we'll be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

Martin, you know, we loved you dearly
That's why our hearts are still breaking in two
And if we could share this earthly life over with you again
Oh, we'd be as close as brothers and we'd be the best of friends
And if I could share this earthly life over with you again
Yes, we'd be as close as brothers and we'll be the very best of friends
Yes, we will

We miss you, Martin
Your memory is still lingering
We love you so much, we loved you so dearly, Martin
We're telling our children about you, Martin
We love you
I have a dream
Your dream is alive, we love you
I still have a dream

Written by:

Steve Camp