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when i’m called home – abbey lincoln lyrics

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when i’m called home
i will bring a book
that tells of strange and funny turns
and of the heart it took
to keep on living in a world
that never was my own
a world of haunted memories
of other worlds unknown.
i’ll tell them of the trouble here
when they call me home. when i’m called home
i will sing a song
and tell them of a beggar’s life
where everything goes wrong
where everybody’s hopes and dreams
are shattering by the wind.
i’ll tell them of a ghosty world
of us and they and him.
i’ll tell them how the shadows fall
when they call me home. when i’m called home
i will tell the stars
of the battles that were lost
in a world of wars.
i will tell the rivers
of the children lost at sea
of ahow a soul ist bartered
and what it costs a spirit free.
hallelujah tell a story, oh, when they call me home.

- all song lyrics by abbey lincoln