I cannot be denied,
As long as I’ve got a heartbeat inside.
I shall endeavor to be all God said I could be,
Free to be, laughing, living, and loving blessed liberty…
I shall not be denied,
No foe shall force me to run and hide.
If struggle, I must, then struggle I shall,
To fulfill my potential.
By the gracious gift of God, I, too, am preferential.
I will not be denied.
The way has been rough, I’ve hurt and I’ve cried.
My tears watered and fertilized the seed of my toil.
I am even more determined to succeed,
My dreams shall flourish and not spoil.
I must not be denied.
For respect and righteousness my people have died.
They dared to dream of a day I could reach up and touch the sky.
They sacrificed to make it a reality, and so must I.