“When I wake up in the morning, gets me outta bed;
Keeps me runnin’, skippin’, jumpin’, like a little kid.
You know sometimes I can hardly keep it inside,
It overtakes me, overwhelms me, and I’m more alive!
‘Cause they did not hear, that they cannot take it away!
If you were anywhere near a dance floor worth rolling on in 1999, you know exactly the first time you heard “Unspeakable Joy.” Kim English’s mega-dance floor hit became an instant gay anthem with its message of strength overcoming adversity; love in the face of hate; and electrified the joy of Community!
“When I’m facing opposition of those attitudes,
We come see notions, dispositions are completely rude.
When darkness thinks that it’s outdone me,
I must remember the greater love’s inside me.
‘Cause they did not hear, and they cannot take it away!
At a time in America when darkness, division, and hate are the stock and trade of its politicians, our Community has the opportunity to lead by example. Let’s take the advice from this sign from a window in Ptown,
and “dance in the rain” because we have the unspeakable joy and they cannot take it away!
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