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Back of the Bus

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Lyrics

Lyrics:
BACK OF THE BUS by Jennifer Milligan
Downtown Montgomery 1955
On a Good-Look bus, Rosa headed home
It was the very last time that she would ride
In humiliation of this kind.
She said no to the back of the bus, she said no
An ol’ bus driver, thinkin’ he’s doin’ right, right?
Took that sign in front of Rosa, he moved it back a row Determination covered her tight
like a quilt on a winter night
And she said, no to the back of the bus, she said say no.
Say no no no no no (no no no no no)
Say no no no no no (no no no no no) When that cup of endurance has run over, cry out, ’We won’t take it any longer!’
no to the back of the bus, say no
Downtown Memphis Civil Rights Museum On that Good-Look bus, I stood alone. Fed-up she became a catalyst for change Well by God, I’ll do the same.
I say no to the back of the bus, I say no
If you love this red, white & blue
Well, come on and let’s pluck this new Jim Crow ‘Cause if you’re stuck thinking there’s nothing I can do
Let Rosa catapult you, too.
And say no to the Back of the Bus, say no
Say no no no no no ... no no no no no
Say no no no no no ... no no no no no When that cup of endurance has run over, Cry out we won't take it any longer
Cry out we won't take it any longer
Cry out we won't take it any longer
Cry out we won't take it any longer’
Cause yes we can! (yes we can!)
Yes we can can can can can, yes we can! (yes we can can can can can, yes we can!) Yes we can can can can can, yes we can! (yes we can can can can can, yes we can!) Yes we can can can can can, yes we can! (yes we can can can can can, yes we can!) Yes we can can can can can, yes we can! Pluck this New Jim Crow.

Musicians:
Lil' Red Milligan - Vocals
Pascal "Rooster" Fouquet - Guitars
Kenny "Beedyeyes" Smith - Drums
Felton Crews - Bass
Jean-Marc Labbe - Baritone Sax
Jeff Morrow - Vocals
Caroline Carson Rau - Vocals