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TEDxWomen 2011

Morley: "Women of Hope"

December 1, 2011

Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s call to action, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone,” Morley composed this song. She sings it at TEDxWomen in her gorgeous, warm voice. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Morley - Singer-songwriter
Composer, singer and producer Morley breathes sensuality into activism with her worldly lyrical stance. Full bio

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(Music)
00:04
♫ They stood together ♫
00:18
♫ under a tree in tall grass ♫
00:20
♫ on TV ♫
00:23
♫ telling the world ♫
00:26
♫ their story ♫
00:28
♫ We will be left to wander ♫
00:32
♫ and fade away ♫
00:36
♫ Soldiers came and took our husbands ♫
00:40
♫ at the break of day ♫
00:43
♫ We will live on ♫
00:47
♫ then fade away ♫
00:50
♫ Soldiers came and killed our children ♫
00:54
♫ at the break of day ♫
00:57
♫ Women of hope ♫
01:01
♫ Women of change ♫
01:03
♫ Women of war and pain ♫
01:05
♫ I believe ♫
01:08
♫ I believe the almighty knows each and every one of you ♫
01:10
♫ by your name ♫
01:12
♫ Women of hope ♫
01:15
♫ Women of change ♫
01:17
♫ Women of love, joy, no shame ♫
01:19
♫ You've got something this little life ♫
01:22
♫ can never take away ♫
01:24
♫ Running through the darkness of night ♫
01:31
♫ with a child by her side ♫
01:34
♫ Oh Lord, won't you give them ♫
01:37
♫ a shining armor of light ♫
01:40
♫ Oh Lord, won't you give them ♫
01:44
♫ a shining armor of light ♫
01:47
♫ Daybreak brings a sign of new life ♫
01:56
♫ with the power to stand ♫
01:59
♫ Crossing the border ♫
02:03
♫ she said, "You will grow free on this land" ♫
02:05
♫ Women of hope ♫
02:09
♫ Women of change ♫
02:11
♫ Women of war and pain ♫
02:13
♫ I can feel your power ♫
02:16
♫ in these words she said ♫
02:19
♫ If you're feeling helpless ♫
02:23
♫ help someone ♫
02:26
♫ If you're feeling helpless ♫
02:30
♫ help someone ♫
02:33
♫ Nobody really knows ♫
02:56
♫ how far they will go ♫
03:00
♫ to keep on living ♫
03:02
♫ Nobody really knows ♫
03:10
♫ how far they will go ♫
03:14
♫ to keep on giving ♫
03:18
♫ and forgiving ♫
03:22
♫ Aung San Suu Kyi ♫
03:30
♫ living under house arrest ♫
03:33
♫ for her peaceful protest ♫
03:37
♫ under house arrest ♫
03:43
♫ for her peaceful protest ♫
03:46
♫ When her people asked her for a message ♫
03:50
♫ she said ♫
03:53
♫ If you're feeling helpless ♫
03:56
♫ help someone ♫
03:59
♫ If you're feeling helpless ♫
04:03
♫ help someone ♫
04:06
♫ If you're feeling helpless ♫
04:09
♫ help someone ♫
04:13
♫ If you're feeling helpless ♫
04:16
♫ help someone ♫
04:19
Now we know the words, let's sing.
04:21
♫ If you're feeling helpless ♫
04:23
♫ help someone ♫
04:26
♫ If you're feeling helpless ♫
04:29
♫ help someone ♫
04:32
♫ If you're feeling helpless ♫
04:36
♫ help someone ♫
04:39
♫ If you're feeling helpless ♫
04:43
♫ help someone ♫
04:46
♫ People of hope ♫
04:49
♫ People of change ♫
04:51
♫ People of love, joy, no shame ♫
04:53
♫ I believe the almighty ♫
04:56
♫ knows each and every one of you ♫
04:58
♫ by your name ♫
05:00
Thank you.
05:04
(Applause)
05:06

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Morley - Singer-songwriter
Composer, singer and producer Morley breathes sensuality into activism with her worldly lyrical stance.

Why you should listen

Morley’s warm and soulful voice often gets her compared to Annie Lennox and Roberta Flack. And she uses that gorgeous voice as an instrument of change. Using music to facilitate dialogue, she works with teenagers from domestic and international conflict zones, as well as organizations such as Face to Face/Faith to Faith, the Door, the Lower East Side Girls Club, Code Pink, and the Fortune Society (a program that facilitates reentry into society from prison), to name a few. Her music has been used in an array of films, including Burma and the Media: Amplifying Voices for Democracy.

Morley's next CD, Undivided, will be available in spring 2012; until then, check out her albums Seen, Days Like These, and sunmachine ... She has collaborated and toured with artists such as Angélique Kidjo, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, Dave Matthews, Raul Midón, Amadou et Mariam and Queen Latifah.

Read more about Aung San Suu Kyi, the inspiration for "Women of Hope."

Credits for Morley's performance of "Women of Hope":

Aung San Suu Kyi photo © Ebet Roberts
Afghanistan photos courtesy of Patrick Andrade
Burma photos courtesy of Ebet Roberts and Moshe Cohen
Kosovo photo courtesy of Moshe Cohen
Rwanda photos courtesy of Alexander Gibbons for VOR
Special thanks: V-Day, Paley Center for Media, John Fine, Nick Weinberg, Voice of Rwanda and Peter Cunningham

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