The story behind "MLK's Pride (Free At Last)"

In 1984, U2 released their 4th studio album called "The Unforgettable Fire". On that album, there were 2 songs which were inspired by Martin Luther King jr: Pride (in the name of love) and MLK. Both songs I find inspirational and beautiful, as they were based on the the historical message of NON-VIOLENCE so eloquently spread by Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, at the end of 2007, I finally got around to do a mix containing both songs as well as extracts of 2 of Martin Luther King's speeches.

The end of the sixties was a dark period from recent history. As we all know, Dr. King was shot on April 4 1968. At the end of this mix you hear Dr. King speak just one day before his death (April 3), followed by an extract of the the press conference given by Robert F. Kennedy about that tragic event (April 4). The gathering was actually a planned campaign rally for Robert, younger brother of murdered President John F. Kennedy, in his bid to get the 1968 Democratic nomination for President. Just two months later (June 5), Robert F Kennedy himself was gunned down during a celebration following his victory in the California primary.


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Lyrics "MLK's Pride (Free At Last)"

    See Reference 1 at the bottom
    I am happy to join with you today 
    in what will go down in history 
    as the greatest demonstration for freedom 
    in the history of our nation.
    See Reference 2 at the bottom
    One man come in the name of love,
    One man come and go.
    One come here to justify,
    One man to overthrow,
    In the name of love,
    One man in the name of love.
    In the name of love,
    What more in the name of love.
    One man crawled on a barb wire fence,
    One man he resist.
    One man washed on an empty beach.
    One man betrayed with a kiss.
    In the name of love,
    One man in the name of love.
    In the name of love,
    What more in the name of love.
    See Reference 1 at the bottom
    I have a dream 
    that my four little children 
    will one day live in a nation 
    where they will not be judged 
    by the color of their skin 
    but by the content 
    of their character. 
    I have a dream today!
    So let freedom ring 
    from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
    Let freedom ring 
    from the mighty mountains of New York.
    Let freedom ring 
    from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. 
    Let freedom ring 
    from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
    Let freedom ring 
    from the curvaceous slopes of California.
    But not only that:
    Let freedom ring 
    from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
    Let freedom ring 
    from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
    Let freedom ring 
    from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
    From every mountainside, 
    let freedom ring.
    And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, 
    when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, 
    from every state and every city, 
    we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, 
    black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, 
    Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing
    in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
    Free at last! Free at last!
    Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
    See Reference 2 at the bottom
    Early morning, April 4.
    A shot rings out in the Memphis sky.
    Free at last, they took your life,
    But they could not take your pride.
    In the name of love,
    One man in the name of love.
    In the name of love,
    What more in the name of love.
    In the name of love,
    One man in the name of love.
    In the name of love,
    What more in the name of love.
    Lyrics, continued
    See Reference 3 at the bottom
    Well, I don't know what will happen now. 
    We've got some difficult days ahead. 
    But it really doesn't matter with me now, 
    because I've been to the mountaintop.
    And I don't mind.
    Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. 
    Longevity has its place. 
    But I'm not concerned about that now. 
    I just want to do God's will. 
    And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. 
    And I've looked over. 
    And I've seen the Promised Land. 
    I may not get there with you. 
    But I want you to know tonight, 
    that we, as a people, 
    will get to the promised land! 
    And so I'm happy, tonight.
    I'm not worried about anything.
    I'm not fearing any man! 
    Mine eyes have seen the glory 
    of the coming of the Lord!!
    See Reference 4 at the bottom
    Sleep, sleep tonight.
    And may your dreams
    Be realized.
    If the thunder cloud
    Passes rain.
    So let it rain, rain down him.
    So let it be.
    So let it be.
    See Reference 5 at the bottom
    Ladies and Gentlemen, 
    I'm only going to talk to you 
    just for a minute or so this evening, 
    because I have some very sad news for all of you 
    and, I think, sad news 
    for all of our fellow citizens, 
    and people who love peace all over the world; 
    and that is that Martin Luther King 
    was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee. 
    Martin Luther King dedicated his life 
    to love and to justice between fellow human beings. 
    He died in the cause of that effort. 
    See Reference 4 at the bottom
    Sleep, Sleep tonight
    And may your dreams be realized.
    If the thundercloud passes rain,
    so let it rain.
    Let it rain, rain on him.
    See Reference 5 at the bottom
    So I ask you tonight 
    to return home, 
    to say a prayer for the family 
    of Martin Luther King 
    A prayer for understanding 
    and that compassion of which I spoke. 
    And let's dedicate ourselves 
    to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: 
    to tame the savageness of man 
    and make gentle the life of this world. 
    Let us dedicate ourselves to that, 
    and say a prayer for our country 
    and for our people. 
    Thank you very much
    Reference 1: Extract from MLK's speech, August 28th 1963, Lincoln Memorial Washington DC (full speech, click here)
    Reference 2: Lyrics from "Pride (In The Name Of Love" by U2 (1984)
    Reference 3: Extract from MLK's speech, April 3rd 1968, Church of God in Christ headquarters, Memphis Tennessee (full speech, click here)
    Reference 4: Lyrics from "MLK" by U2 (1984)
    Reference 5: Extract from Robert F. Kennedy's speech, April 4th 1968, Indianapolis Indiana (full speech, click here)


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