Lead with Love

This powerful walking song by vocal activist Melanie DeMore was written in November 2016 and has found a home at protest and worship services alike. The chorus can be learned quickly after a few repetitions and the verses are sung as call and echo dialogue between the leader and the group. 

When asked about the inspiration for the piece, Melanie said, “I was inspired by the great movements that were started out of the love for their people, not out of the hatred of others.”

You gotta put one foot in front of the other
And lead with love
Put one foot in front of the other
And lead with love! (2x)

Verse 1:
Don’t give up hope
You’re not alone
Don’t you give up
Keep movin’ on

Verse 2:
Lift up your eyes
Don’t you despair
Look up ahead
The path is there

Verse 3:
I know you’re scared
And I’m scared, too
But here I am
Right next to you!

Here's a score from the Justice Choir Songbook, a Creative Commons resource full of intersectional justice songs that can be downloaded from their website

Here's a recording of Melanie sharing her song for the first time:


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