My Lord, I have read this book so many times,

But nowhere can there I find – the page – that says

What I experienced today has any grace

Now I know that life was meant to be hard

And that’s how I’ve learned to appreciate my God

Though my courage may be tried, I can tell you I won’t hide

Because the footprints show you are by my side

You can lie to a child with a smiling face

Tell me that color ain’t about a race

You can cast the first stone, you can break my bones

But you’re never gonna break

You’re never gonna break my…

Faith and hope ain’t yours to give

Truth and liberty are mine to live

Steal a crown from a king, break an angel’s wings

But you’re never gonna break, never gonna break my faith

My Lord, won’t you help them to understand

That when someone takes the life of an innocent man

Well they’ve never really won, and all they’ve really done

Is set the soul free – where it’s supposed to be

You can lie to a child with a smiling face

Tell me that color ain’t about a race

You can cast the first stone, you can break my bones

But you’re never gonna break

You’re never gonna break my…

Faith and hope ain’t yours to give

Truth and liberty are mine to live

Steal a crown from a king, break an angel’s wings

But you’re never gonna break, never gonna break my faith

For those we lose before their time

I pray that their souls will find the light

And I know that the day will surely come when His will will be done

You’re never gonna break my faith

About Aretha Franklin