-> "The Ballad of Martin King"
Original Song Title:
"The Ballad of Rodger Young"
Parody Song Title:
"The Ballad of Martin King"
Oh, they’ve got a time for lore in black community.
Oh, they’ve got excuse for praises proud to sing,
Yet in ev'ry oldster’s heart, each opportunity
Shines the flame, binds the fame of Martin King.
Shines the name—Martin King!
Fought and died for the men who marched that Spring.
To the everlasting glory of their unity
Lives the story of Martin Luther King.
Haughty Jim Crow law was ancestry of stifled men—
Lustful raids by masked unseen ones in the gloom—
Caught in bondage till this son of splendid Bible men
Volunteered, though some feared he'd meet his doom.
Volunteered, Doctor King!
Brought new pride for the men who marched that Spring.
In the everlasting annals of black slavery
Glow the last deeds alive of Martin King.
It was he who drew the ire of white bigotry
That his generation then might live in light;
And deploring dread desire of hegemony—
Hooded Klan—stood the man who scaled new height.
Stood the man, Martin King;
Walked as guide for the men who marched that Spring.
By his clever tactics, morals and agility,
Breathed new spirit as striving marchers sing.
By the roads and bridge from Selma to Montgomery,
Stand some simple markers 'bossed on stone to tell
That beneath the silent florals marking memory,
Sleeps that man revered and remembered well.
Sleeps that man, Martin King,
Long denied mortal honors March could bring.
In the everlasting spirit of equality
Breathed the spirit of marching leader King.
He lay shot one time outdoors on motel balcony;
Oh, they'd plotted ruse for raised assassin's gun,
But it never dulled his parting call for victory.
Shines the name fine of Martin Senior's son.
Fell the slain Martin King;
Turned the tide for the men who marched that Spring.
From his everlasting core he taught civility;
Give the glory to martyred leader King.
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