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Don't Pray for Me

This song is by Linda Tillery and appears on the album Linda Tillery (1977) and on the compilation Lesbian Concentrate (1977).

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I know why you cry Sister 'Nita
Life's passin' you by while rules enslave you
And it's your blind innocence that traps you
That makes you think it's the wrong I do

Well don't you know that you're a victim
A sweet Christian lady preachin' hate
I think you need to get your head free
And yet face up to insecurity

Don't pray for me proper lady
Pray for the truth your money can't buy
Don't pray for me you bitter woman
The happy slave is a lie

How many people need to suffer
To pay for your own guilt and lack of faith
Use the word to get your head free
Not as a way to oppress me

You ought to try to be more careful
If you really do believe
Haven't you heard the first shall be the last
And the last shall be the first

We understand why you say you love us
Because misery loves its company
But in the good name of the Lord, 'Nita
We don't need your kind of love

So don't take pride in your innocence
It won't make you pure and holy
Stop quotin' scriptures out of context
To stir up fear and bigotry (hate and bigotry!)

You needn't worry 'bout my soul 'Nita
You need the time to heal your own
We're comin' out to walk in the sunlight
We're comin' out to fight for right!

Don't pray for me proper lady
Pray for the truth your money can't buy
Don't pray for me you bitter woman
The happy slave is a lie

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