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Kamasi Washington Lyrics
"Malcolm's Theme"

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Here in this final hour
We come to bid farewell
To one of our brightest hopes
Extinguished now and gone.

[Harlem] has memory of a champion
More brave and gallant than he
Who lies before us unconquered still
Honor Pride and Love

Afro-American was Malcolm
A master of words was he
To [We] we grew so long ago
'Negro' no more [it's through ]

I say again Afro-American
As he would want me to
To those who tell us
To flee his memory
We smile and say to you:

Tenor Saxophone Solo--Kamasi Washington

I say again Afro-American
As he would want me to
To those who tell us
To flee his memory
We smile and say to you:

Have you ever talked to Brother Malcolm
Or had him smile at you
Did you ever really miss him
If so you'd know it's true

Malcolm was our manhood
Our living Black manhood
For this we honor him
And so we honor the best in ourselves
The gift he gave us all

We leave you now with words from
El Hajj Malik El Shabazz:

. . .before I get involved in anything nowadays, I have to straighten out
my own position, and, which is clear. I am not a racist in any form
whatsoever. I don't believe in any form of racism. I don't believe in
any form of discrimination or segregation. I believe in Islam. I am a
Muslim. And there's nothing wrong with being a Muslim, nothing
wrong with the religion of Islam. It just teaches us to believe in Allah
as the God. And those of you who are Christians probably believe
in the same God, because I think you believe in the God who created
the universe. And that's the One we believe in, the one who created
the universe, the only difference being you call Him God and I--we
call Him Allah. The Jews call him Jehovah. If you could understand
Hebrew, you'd probably call him Jehovah too. If you could
understand Arabic, you'd probably call him Allah. But since the
white man, your "friend," took your language away from you during
slavery, the only language you know is his language. You know,
your friend's language. So you call Him, you call for the same God
he calls for. When he's putting a rope around your neck, you
call for God and he calls for God. . . . But the real religion of Islam
doesn't teach anyone to judge another human being by the color
of his skin. The yardstick that is used by the Muslim to measure
another man is not the man's color but the man's deeds, the man's
conscious behavior, the man's intentions. And when you use that as
a standard of measurement or judgment, you never go wrong.

Know more a man by the seed
Which will come forth again
We'll know him as a prince
Our own black shining prince who died
Because he loved us so.

Composed by Terence Blanchard
Arranged and produced by Kamasi Washington
Lyrics adapted from Ossie Davis's eulogy, delivered at Faith
Temple Church Of God, Harlem, on 27 February 1965
Lyrics set to music by Kamasi Washington and Patrice Quinn
Malcolm X words from his speech "After the Bombing,"
delivered at Ford Auditorium, Detroit, on 14 February 1965
This song is from the album "The Epic".