by Eric Levine © 1995 (updated 2001)

Vocal : Solo by Eric with backup by The Chorus
12-String Guitar: Eric

Martin King, Martin King, whenever Freedom rings,
I remember - Martin King.
Jesus Christ and Gandhi, too, read their stories through and through.
I remember - Martin King.
Young preacher came home from school to teach the golden rule.
He really believed it through and through.
They asked him if he'd work in the bus boycott; he knew that it was his job.
He understood just what to do.

Love alone is sentiment; power alone is cruel;
But if you put them both together, then you have a working tool.
Do not give in to that backlash. Let the sound of Freedom ring
Because the year two thousand's come and gone.*
Remember Martin King.

Martin King, Martin King, one day a bullet it did ring.
I remember. I was ten years old.
Watching TV, a bulletin came. Next day many went insane
At the death of Martin King.
He knew just what was going on. He could see it all the time.
He was fearless at 39
'Cause he knew you can't go backwards, and you know neither can we.
We're in a mess; we must be free.


Martin King, Martin King, he spoke out on everything.
I remember; I heard it all.
He said wars across the sea - bad for them and you and me.
He had integrity, Martin King.
He always followed conscience, never followed greed.
Imagine he were here today.
With homelessness as stocks go wild and exploitation of the child,
He would scream out "For shame, no way!"


When you hear your radio, and you hear that Rush Limbaugh,
Just remember - Martin King.
When you hear them tell their lies of bell curves, don't wonder why,
Just remember - Martin King.
It's not about memorials; it's about what we do today.
Politics is a game we have to play.
So you who study history, read between the lines.
Non-violent army - one more time (one more time - you know it now)!

Final Chorus - last line is
Remember - Martin Luther King.

* The 1995 version of this line was "Because the 60's is the 90's upside down."