Video Premiere: Common & John Legend - Glory from Selma

Chicago-born rapper/actor Common teams up with R&B crooner John Legend in the emotional visual for "Glory". The musicians wrote the song for Oscar-nominated historical drama "Selma". The song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

The music video shows both Common (real name Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.) dropping lyrical wisdom in front of the camera, and John Legend (real name John Roger Stephens) singing his heart out and playing the piano in a solemn atmosphere, paying their due respects to the iconic Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King Jr. The clip features cinematic footage from "Selma", which chronicles the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC. The film stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as James Bevel, Tim Roth as George Wallace, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King.

Watch the visual for "Glory" below to truly appreciate the creative effort. Listen to the lyrics to hear the goodness. Play it a few times. Then if you dare, try not to have this song stuck in your head for days. Impossible, we tell ya.

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Lyrics to Glory by Common & John Legend

[Chorus: John Legend]
One day when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
One day when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be sure
Oh glory

[Verse 1: Common]
Hands to the Heavens, no man, no weapon
Formed against, yes glory is destined
Every day women and men become legends
Sins that go against our skin become blessings
The movement is a rhythm to us
Freedom is like religion to us
Justice is juxtapositionin' us
Justice for all just ain't specific enough
One son died, his spirit is revisitin' us
Truant livin' livin' in us, resistance is us
That's why Rosa sat on the bus
That's why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up
When it go down we woman and man up
They say, "Stay down", and we stand up
Shots, we on the ground, the camera panned up
King pointed to the mountain top and we ran up

[Chorus]

[Bridge: John Legend]
Now the war is not over, victory isn't won
And we'll fight on to the finish, then when it's all done
We'll cry glory, oh glory
We'll cry glory, oh glory

[Verse 2: Common]
Selma is now for every man, woman and child
Even Jesus got his crown in front of a crowd
They marched with the torch, we gon' run with it now
Never look back, we done gone hundreds of miles
From dark roads he rose, to become a hero
Facin' the league of justice, his power was the people
Enemy is lethal, a king became regal
Saw the face of Jim Crow under a bald eagle
The biggest weapon is to stay peaceful
We sing, our music is the cuts that we bleed through
Somewhere in the dream we had an epiphany
Now we right the wrongs in history
No one can win the war individually
It takes the wisdom of the elders and young people's energy
Welcome to the story we call victory
Comin' of the Lord, my eyes have seen the glory

[Chorus]

[Outro: John Legend]
When the war is done, when it's all said and done
We'll cry glory, oh glory


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Common & John Legend
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The music video premiere of Common & John Legend's single Glory has already been viewed 6,975 times since it was posted on Monday, January 19, 2015. The video belongs to the music genre of Hip-Hop.


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