The Sound of Us ft. Wayna

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This moving composition was submitted for the Braver Angels Songwriting Contest.

Written by Lynette Williams and Nicholas Zork.

Lyrics:

-What does it mean to be free
-when we’re made to feel so divided?
-Are we too afraid to believe
-life is more with all of us?

-What does it mean to be whole—
-to see ourselves in one another,
-to learn how the notes of each soul
-create harmony from dust?

-Let the voice inside you
-fill the void with your melody.
-We aren’t we without you.
– Just close your eyes

-And you’ll hear the sound of us
-You’ll hear the sound of us
-You’ll hear a sound that you have known right from the start
-I hear the sound in you
-I hear it breaking through
-all of the noise that tries to tear this world apart.
-I hear the sound of us

-What does it mean to belong—
-all different but in this together,
-everyone has their own song,
-and it’s one we long to hear?

-It seemed like we’d come so far
-Now I’m sure where we’re going.
-But I know despite where we are,
-we’ll sing louder than our fear

-I hear the sound of us
-I hear the sound of us
-I hear a sound that I know beats in every heart.
-I hear the sound in you.
-I hear it breaking through
-all of the noise that tries to tear this world apart.

-I hear the sound of us.

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