Graduation Speech: Pomp And Circumstance

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Girrrll, did you hear that?
That’s a mean keyboard funk line in Pomp and Circumstance
Yeah, Joe put a sweet downbeat in the upright processional
Pomp and Circumstance celebrated with culture

You know our celebration would not be complete
Without a little touch of cultural class
It was there, subtle - not overt
Fingers kissing treasured chords
Dancing across the traditional keyboard

Thank you for the joy you jammed into this special day
You wove wonder with wisdom
In your own inimitable way
Gave the waves of caps and gowns
Electrifying energy
In the heat of the day

Written during a graduation ceremony at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, L.A., as the incredibly humble, ingenious, Director of Music, Professor Joseph Williams wove African American cultural threads into the traditional” Pomp and Circumstance” march. I presented Joe with a copy in his classroom weeks later. PAYING TRIBUTE TO YOUR SPIRIT, MAMA

I 'm paying tribute to your Spirit, Mama
Paying tribute to your spirit of love, laughter argument, and encouragement

I 'm paying to your Spirit, Mama
Now that you 've gone
I told you that I love you, but it 's not enough
The words are too few for the essence of You
I 'm paying tribute to your Spirit, Mama

I 'm paying tribute to your Spirit, Mama
Your tireless hands that fashioned new dresses when I longed for the ones at Macy 's that cost more than Daddy made

I 'm paying tribute to your Spirit, Mama
Your endless treks to sales, downtown, over

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