SotD - Aretha Franklin


Marking Juneteenth yesterday, RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Records collaborated to release a never-before-heard solo version of Never Gonna Break My Faith by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, featuring The Boys Choir of Harlem...

Press Release

Co-written by award-winning singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, the Grammy Award winning song was originally released as a duet with Mary J. Blige for the 2006 film Bobby. Over a decade later, the song’s lyrics are as urgent and poignant as ever.

Clive Davis, Sony Music’s Chief Creative Officer and longtime friend/producer of Ms. Franklin states, “The world is very different now. Change is everywhere and each of us, hopefully, is doing the best he or she can to move forward and make change as positive as possible. Music can play a major role here and Aretha’s performance is chilling. When you read the song’s lyric, and its relevance to what is happening today, it will shake every fiber in your body. Everyone should hear this record. It deserves to be an anthem.”

“When I wrote this song, I was channeling Aretha, never thinking that she’d ever actually sing the song,” said Bryan Adams. “The thought was to write a hymn, something that would try and articulate the feeling of faith, and that even though you might have lost something, there would always be an inner light to guide you. When the song was demo’d, I told the producers that Aretha would be the one to sing this - and sing it she did. This solo version has been sitting on my computer for years, and when I heard Clive was making a film on Aretha’s life, I sent this version to him. The world hasn’t heard her full performance and it really needed to be heard. I’m so glad it’s being released, the world needs this right now.”





Lyrics:

My Lord, I have read this book so many times,
But nowhere can there I find - the page - that says
What I experienced today has any grace
Now I know that life was meant to be hard
And that's how I’ve learned to appreciate my God
Though my courage may be tried, I can tell you I won't hide
Because the footprints show you are by my side

You can lie to a child with a smiling face
Tell me that color ain't about a race
You can cast the first stone, you can break my bones
But you're never gonna break
You’re never gonna break my...
Faith and hope ain’t yours to give
Truth and liberty are mine to live
Steal a crown from a king, break an angel’s wings
But you're never gonna break, never gonna break my faith

My Lord, won’t you help them to understand
That when someone takes the life of an innocent man
Well they've never really won, and all they've really done
Is set the soul free - where it's supposed to be

You can lie to a child with a smiling face
Tell me that color ain't about a race
You can cast the first stone, you can break my bones
But you're never gonna break
You’re never gonna break my...
Faith and hope ain’t yours to give
Truth and liberty are mine to live
Steal a crown from a king, break an angel’s wings
But you're never gonna break, never gonna break my faith

For those we lose before their time
I pray that their souls will find the light
And I know that the day will surely come when His will will be done
You're never gonna break my faith