I Still Believe in the Dream

by Chris LaVancher

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This song is dedicated to the families and loved ones of the 9 brave souls who lost their lives and to the open hearted congregation who welcomed in a misguided, troubled and hate-filled young man.

Please download and share this song far and wide. If you are moved to do so, and I hope you are, please consider contributing what you can.

All proceeds collected here will be donated to the Lowcountry Ministries – Reverend Pinckney Fund an Initiative of the Palmetto Project and the City of Charleston.

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I Still Believe in the Dream
Chris LaVancher 2015

V1
He wants his country back
It was never his
Wasn’t built on hate
It’s not what makes us great

He can terrorize
Spread his racist lies
But in the end
Love will rise again

Chorus
I still believe in the dream
Can you hear us Martin singing,
“We have a dream”
I still believe in the dream
Stand up with me brother

V2
He wants his country back
I could say the same
But it don’t work like that
It’s not for one to claim

He has spilled our blood
We won’t stand alone
As a new day dawns
As we link our arms

Chorus
I still believe in the dream
Can you hear us Martin singing,
“We have a dream”
I still believe in the dream
Stand up with me brother

Bridge
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain Georgia
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain Tennessee
Let freedom ring from every hill in Mississippi
Let freedom ring from South Carolina

V3
You want your country back
Then join your hand in mine
We will find our way
Through the darkest times

I may be naive
My heart on my sleeve
It’s a dream for sure
But we must demand more

Chorus
I still believe in the dream
Can you hear us Martin singing,
“We have a dream”
I still believe in the dream
Stand up with me brother

credits

released 03 July 2015
Written and Performed by Chris LaVancher

Produced and Engineered by Doug Kwartler at Hollow Body Studios

Special thanks to Vance Gilbert!

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Chris LaVancher Boston, Massachusetts

“LaVancher writes songs that tell stories of love among the ruins. His characters may not be from the highest rungs of society, but their feelings come through loud and clear.” – Darius Rips

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