The lyrics has 4 heart rending lyrics:

‘Just like the river. I’ve been running ever since.’  T-his lyric addresses our continuous struggle in life.

‘It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die ‘Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky’  -This lyric addresses the human condition of fearing death and its finality.

My dear mother, oh now I said, “mother” I said, “mother, i’m down on my knees”- This lyric harkens back to the reminder that God blesses the child that has their own. For many it can be seen as turning to the Mother of God as well.

I’m so tired, so tired of suffering /And standing by myself/ And standing up alone- Is a direct reference to the many who struggled in the civil rights fight and were left questioning how long must the fight go on.

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