"In the Beginning" as written by Gary Scott Burr and Emily West....
So!

In the beginning
There was a hum
From a poet whose pulse fell
Drum drum drum!

He would perform prayers and all
Till one day he heard a voice call
Come come come!

Suspicious he moved
With vicious caution
Dismisses,
He thinks is a little often
People get held back
By the void inside 'em.

Yo!

The void said,
I'm poised to speak inside you
"Rejoice then please let me invite you
To evil, greed and lies too."

Yeah!

Confused and dazed
He moved in ways
He soon became "Hakuna"

A knock on his door, his heart is no more
A knock on his door, his soul is no more

Yeah
That was in the beginning
As the story goes on

So

The poets got a proposal
He would always hope but never know
What it feels
To be free.
He would be the frozen
Imposed as the chosen,
All laws oppose him
But it would be greed.

That's got him there
He's power-hungry,
And proud too.

People don't care, people just care
Evil don't care, evil just care

Yeah!
That was In the beginning
There was a hum.
Then things changed.

They say
It is better to light a candle than to curse the dark in the eyes of the youth
There are question marks
Like freedom.
Freedom for the mind and soul,
We don't see them.
See them for their worth at all,
That's why we lead'em
Lead'em to these wars
And what is it we feed 'em.
Feed em our impurities
And who it is we treat 'em
Treat em like the enemy
Humanity will need'em.
Need 'em like the blood we spill
And we're freedom
Freedom for the hearts we fill
We mislead 'em.
They hunger for the love we give
But we cheat 'em.
The guys beat him and all he wants
Is his freedom,
So they defeat him,
Whatever spirit hes got.
Beat him!
And they teach him
The rest of the world don't need him
And he believes.
In the disease that hes heathen
Put up your fists if all you want is freedom
Put up your fists if all you want is

That was in the beginning
Then things changed

Yeah!

And we keep holdin' on,
And we keep bein' strong
And we keep goin' on
And on and on and on


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"In the Beginning" as written by Brian West Gerald Eaton

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    General Commentmy favourite verse is the "it's better to light a candle than to curse the dark..." one.
    how strange that it makes you feel happy?
    "and we keep holding on
    and we keep being strong
    and we keep holding on
    and on and on and on"
    luey_babyon February 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat does kuuni mean?
    thecriclover99on February 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhat a beautiful song. its filled with so much life and movement. the rap scene definitely need knaan to rejuvenate a soul back into it beyond club songs. what a fresh taste of music.
    rockisgroovyon April 15, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is so beautiful. It just starts off like a freight train and hits you with this incredible, tragic story with this inspiring message. The emotion in K'naan's voice as he does the tragic lines "the knock on the door, his lord is no more, the knock on the door, his soul is no more" is just wrenching. Its hard for me to follow the stanza that leads to the awesome line "put up your fists if all you want is freedom" but it seems like he's speaking from the point of view of the corrupting forces that spoil the minds of so many youths. Perhaps these forces distort the idea of freedom in order to lure people in? This is supported by the lines "freedom for the hearts we fill, mislead them/ they hunger for the love we give, but we cheat them"

    It seems like the final part of that (put up your fists...) is a rejection of all the negative forces that try to trick someone along the way to seeing "what it feels to be free." Put up your fists if all you want is REAL freedom, not the snake oil being sold by these terrible influences.

    Sorry that that is so vague (corrupting forces? what am i talking about? i don't know) but obviously I don't know the specific things that he's referring and I don't want to speculate on the undoubtedly terrible things he might be singing about.

    In any case, this song is so beautiful and inspiring. I love it. Its better to light a candle than curse the dark. Even out of some of the truly most devastating and unimaginable experiences possible out comes this beauty and hope in the most utterly eloquent way.
    Silver195on May 31, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"its better to light a candle than to curse the dark" is the motto for amnesty international.
    oneraindropon April 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. So inspirational. Makes you want to work for something in life, and appreciate all that you have.

    Question: What does he mean by "Confusing days, he moved in ways he soon became a kuuni"? What's a kuuni? I've seen the movie Wend Kuuni, but I don't think it has anything to do with this line even though that's what comes up when I google it. Shed some light if you know!
    bridgesandballoonson June 25, 2010   Link

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