The World is Turning

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

The World is Turning

This song was part of Lisa’s 2021 “Boots on the Ground, Skin on the Line” project. Contributing artists gave their permission to have their songs from this playlist added to this library. Individual parts recordings are not yet available.

Composer & Copyright

Original song copyright Maggie Wheeler.

Recording

Words and Music – Maggie Wheeler
Instrumental Arrangement by Mick Kiely
Produced by Maggie Wheeler & Mick Kiely

Lyrics

The world is turning (x3)

Do you feel like your heart’s breaking?
Do you feel like your soul’s shaken?
Do you feel like the earth’s quaking under your feet?

Well it must be the world turning,
Must be the systems burning,
Must be the truth yearning to be set free.

Do you feel like your heart’s breaking?
Do you feel like your soul’s shaken?
Do you feel like the earth’s quaking under your feet?

Well it must be the Hope reaching,
Must be the young ones teaching,
Must be the people marching to fill the streets.

Do you feel like your heart’s breaking?
Do you feel like your soul’s aching?
Do you feel like the earth’s quaking under your feet?

Well it must be the mothers crying,
Must be the children dying,
Must be the fathers taken from their families.

The world is turning (We are the turners )
The system’s burning (We are the burners)
The Truth is yearning to be set free!
The hope is reaching (The hope is reaching)
The young ones teaching (The young ones teaching )
The People Marching to fill the streets! (x2)

Do you feel like your heart’s breaking?
Do you feel like your soul’s shaken?
Do you feel like the earth’s quaking under your feet?

Well it must be the world turning,
Must be the systems burning,

Must be the truth yearning to be set free
Well it must be the hope reaching to let us be
In a world of Peace, Justice and Equality!!!!!!

A Note About the Song from Maggie: 

This song came as a response to the cries of outrage and mourning in the months
after George Floyd’s death. We watched as the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement
led the charge and the youth of our nation took to the streets to demand justice and
change. in the face of undeniable racism and police violence many began to wake up
to a deeper understanding of the work that needed to be done. The Truth is yearning
to be set free.

Teaching Notes

Coming soon!

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Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

1 Comment
  • I’m excited to learn this song!

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