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Lyrics: Morley’s “Women of Hope”

Posted by: Emily McManus

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Written by Morley. Performed onstage at TEDWomen by Morley and Toshi Reagon.

They stood together under a tree 
in tall grass on TV 
telling the world their story 

We will be left to wander and fade away, soldiers came and took our husbands at the break of day 

We will live on then fade away, soldiers came and killed our children at the break of day

Women of hope women of change women of war and pain
I believe the almighty knows each and every one by your name 

Women of hope women of change women of love, joy, no shame 

You’ve got something this little life can never take away

Running through the darkness of night with her child by her side 

Oh lord won’t you give them a shining armor of light, 
Oh lord won’t you give them a shining armor of light
Daybreak brings the sign of new life, with the power to stand 

Crossing the border she said you will grow free on this land

Women of hope women of change women of war and pain 

I can feel your power in these words she said: 

If you’re feeling helpless, help someone 
If you’re feeling helpless, help someone 


Nobody really knows how far they will go to keep on living
Nobody knows how far they will go to keep on giving and forgiving

Aung San Suu Kyi 
living under house arrest 
for her peaceful protest 

Under house arrest, for her peaceful protest! When her people ask her, for a message she said:

If you’re feeling helpless, help someone 

If you’re feeling helpless, help someone 


People of hope, people of change
people of love, joy, no shame
I believe the almighty knows each and every one by your name

(Photo: James Duncan Davidson / TED)