2020 – Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty
Written by Mary Scholz
First stanza taken from “The New Colossus,” by Emma Lazarus, which are inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Give me your tired
Give me your poor
Your huddled masses
Yearning to breathe free

The wretched refuse of your teeming shores
Send them, the homeless
Tempest tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door

Give them rest and give them more

Give me your Dreamers
You tried to betray
Give me those children
You locked far away
And return them to the love of their parents

And everyone that you brought here in chains
Give me their families
Tired and brave
I lift my lamp beside their cause

Give them rest and reparating laws

And the people of the land
Of where we work and where we stand
Give them everything they need
For this is their air we breathe

This is their air we breathe

Oooh Oooh Oooh

Break down the barriers
And tear down that wall
And make good the promise
Of freedom and justice for all

Now empty the prisons of modern day slaves
It’s not what we’re building but it is how our country was made
Look it straight in the face

And every lover of consenting age
Each person of color
Each refugee came
And every woman, disbelieved and enraged
These are the reasons I stand in the rain

Give them rest and keep them safe

Oooh Oooh Oooh

Give me your tired
Give me your poor
For I am an immigrant
I stand on your shore
To act as a lighthouse forevermore
A beacon for everyone

Yearning to Breathe Free