Tom and Sally, April 2, 2011
Town Hall in New York, NY
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Tom and Sally

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GK (ANNC): Today is the birthday of Thomas Jefferson--April 2, 1743----

GK: People talked about Sally and me, I never denied it was true. She belonged to me through slavery But I felt she cared for me too.

GK: She held me close and yes, we kissed I loved the softness of her skin

JS: He never wrote a word about this He just left the door open and I walked in.

CHORUS:
It was love though no one could understand
It was love, a woman, a man
In the dark, forbidden, condemned as wrong,
But love will sing its song.
But love will sing its song.

JS: I begged him to teach me to read and to write
But we only met in the dead of the night
I left his bed when the sky turned blue
What happened between us only we knew.

GK: It was wrong, I know, but what’s done is done.

JS: His wife had died years before.

GK: I had babies with Sally, I held them, each one.

JS: And then gave them back and said no more.

CHORUS:
It was love though no one could understand
It was love, a woman, a man
In the dark, forbidden, condemned as wrong,
But love will sing its song.
But love will sing its song.

GK: I wrote their names in the slave book

JS: Under “Father,” it said Unknown.
Three of them had the Jefferson look.

GK: I freed my children and they left home.

CHORUS:
It was love though no one could understand
It was love, a woman, a man
In the dark, forbidden, condemned as wrong,
But love will sing its song.
But love will sing its song.

GK: I rode my horse around the plantation

JS: I bowed my head as he passed

GK: I could see in her eyes a dark accusation

JS: When he died, they freed me at last.

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