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You may write me down in history
With your bitter twisted lies
You may trod me down in the very dirt
And still like the dust I'll rise



Does my confidence upset you
Don't you take it awful hard
you may shoot me with your words
You may cut me with your eyes



But I'll rise
I'll rise
I'll rise
Out of the shacks of history's shame
Up from a past rooted in pain
I'll rise
I'll rise
I'll rise.

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