Song by Jonathan Carroll & Pamela Means
(c) 2022 Ordinary World Publishing (ASCAP), Phylorra Music (BMI)

Lyrics

TODAY (Not Tomorrow)
Or "How We Shall Begin"
(Means-Carroll)

Those Freedom Riders wrote their wills
While driving down to Dixie (riskin’)
Life and limb broke toward injustice
They’re the last tools left to fix it (fix it)

So set yourself down right in their seat
And greet this beat we’re in
That’s how we shall begin

I want to
Be the monument to their bravery
Not an inveterate abettor to thievery
The reason why Con-federalists favor slavery:
The greedy need must be fulfilled

We gotta bring ‘em all down from the pedestal
We’ve got our own humble heroes who have risked it all
And that’s how we shall begin

'Cause it’s a new play today
(Go higher go lower…)
Too many people to blame today
(Go higher go lower…)
But they will never be shamed away

Can’t you hear the echoing of their footsteps?
From Portland through Wisconsin, Minneapolis
San Diego, San Antonio, Annapolis
Time to meet in this street we’re in

The men in wigs really didn’t have a plan for this
But that was then and I know now they wouldn't stand for this
We gotta dedicate the faith obsessively
And keep on turning up the heat progressively

That’s how we shall begin

Cuz it’s a new play today
(We go higher go lower)
Too many people to blame today
(Go higher go lower)
But we will never be shamed away

We gotta bend the arc a little more toward our way
If we ever wanna wake to see a brighter ray
Of hope
Tomorrow?
Nope, not some far off when
True justice must have TRUST my friend

We’d better bend the arc a lot more toward our way
If we’re ever gonna wake to see a brighter ray
Of hope
Tomorrow?
Nope, not some far off when
True justice must be us and them
Not tomorrow, not tomorrow…
…But today
TODAY
TODAY
TODAY
We're going to follow in their footsteps now, today...
We’ve got to...
Follow in their footsteps now…follow in their footsteps!

Those Freedom Riders wrote their wills
While driving down to Dixie (riskin’)
Life and limb broke toward injustice
They’re the last tools left to fix it (get with it)
So set yourself down right in their seat to
Drum a beat in this street we’re in
And that’s how we shall begin