Here in Durham, where muggings proliferate
And the poor outnumber Dukies eight to one,
A sad state is balanced by the gospel according
To Shirley. Shirley Ceasar that is. She’s a
Firebrand, a well-documented star and
A preacher in her own church. This town

Needs her too. Shootings are up, crime
Surrounds NCCU, a school whose proud
Eagle must feel like flying away most days.
Meanwhile the computer jockeys rake in
Millions and towns like Chapel Hill cater to the
Rich, and their children at “snooty U.”

So sing Shirley sing, let your voice ring out,
Get the aisles dancing, re-teach us to shout!




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