ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.
Today’s guest blogger/singer is Chris Wood. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.
Editor’s note: Never expected to hear a song about Birmingham’s civil rights struggle written and performed by a young white male from Helena. View & listen to Chris’ new song (below)–it will make you stomp your feet and be proud…
People often have conversations about what they love regarding different cities that they live in or have visited. “Oh, you’ve got to visit Chicago, the architecture is amazing!”… “Man, there’s so much history in Boston!”… “Seattle is just such a cool, hip place.”… You know, sometimes it’s hard to remember that the city we get to live in and be a part of is pretty awesome too.
The truth is, when you really think about what all Birmingham has gone through, and where it looks like we’re headed, it’s a pretty exciting place to live. The recent revitalization of downtown has really added a fresh sense of life to our city. Some of those thoughts inspired this song that I wrote about our city. Check out the lyrics below, listen along, and take some pride in this great city we call home.
“Strong as Steel” – by Chris Wood
Right in the center of the Cotton State
You could ride the rails to a unique place
With a budding promise of industrial fate
The hope of a brand new life awaits
The population grew with speed
But racial divides began to impede
With a letter from jail Martin Luther King
Voiced that nothing should crush his dream
Cause we’re a city that’s strong as steel
Even though you might try, you ain’t gonna break this will
This Magic City will be here still
Through thick and thin Birmingham will persevere
Change takes time through bombs and arrests
Unequal treatment and civil rights protests
But we’ve moved forward through many regrets
With a new clear vision and a hope for progress
Now our beautiful city just continues to evolve
With its parks, museums and restaurants
You’ll find the friendliest people on the streets you walk
Cause we’re all here to ignite the spark
I think something big is on the rise for this city that loves and this city that tries
An inspiring place in this nation’s eyes of the good that comes from a city revived
Chris Wood is a native Alabamian who lives in Helena with his wife, Kaley. He is an educator, coach, musician, amateur cook, traveler and lover of all things Birmingham.
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David Sher is the publisher of ComebackTown, a co-founder of Buzz12 Advertising Agency and co-CEO of AmSher Collection Agency. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham)), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).