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Iíve been rebuked . . .  Iíve been scorned / My soul is tired . . . My heart is worn

Iím just a sinner . . . struggling to survive / You know my troubles . . . Be my guide



Book by Crystal Cartier

Curse of the Vendetta" Horror Trilogy

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Stand By Me

New Gospel Choral Arrangement & Lyrics By   Crystal Cartier

(Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)


When troubles break my heart . . . oohh & the whole world is at war

When there is chaos, death & destruction from sea to sea

I may cry... I may cry . . . Oh but, I wonít be afraid

Just as long as you stand . . . stand by me


Whenever, Iím in trouble... Wonít you (Please stand by me)  stand by me

Despite my falters . . . Lord, (Please stand by me)

Evíry minute, evíry hour   

I need your power... Stand by me (Please stand by me)


Iíve been rebuked . . .  Iíve been scorned

My soul is tired . . . My heart is worn

Iím just a sinner . . . struggling to survive

You know my troubles . . . Be my guide

Please make me strong, kind & wise

When itís over, Father . . . take me the sky


Until you come for me, Lord . . . Wonít you stand (Please stand by me)  by me . . .

You give me shelter & you  feed me when Iím hungry

You know Iím trying, Lord . . . To be the best I can be

Just want to thank you, Lord . . . for stand . . . Standing by me


Ooohh . . . Standing by me . . . Ooohh  .  .  .  Standing by me . . .

Ooohh . . .  I know Heís standing by me


No money in my purse . . . but, Heís standing (standing by me)

For better or for worse . . . Heís standing by me

I want to tell the world that Christ is coming someday

Itís time to mend our ways . . . & learn to stop . . . think & pray


(42 bars of Vamp )

Stop . . . Think . . . & Pray . . . Take the time today to

Stop... Think . . . & Pray . . . Before it getís too late

Stop... Think ... & Pray . . . Oohh Kum-ba-ya...

Stop . . .  Think . . .  & Pray . . .  Oooh, come by here, my Lord

Stop . . .  Think . . .  & Pray . . .  I just want to thank you, Jesus

Stop . . .  Think ... & Pray . . .  I just want to thank you, Lord

Stop . . . Think . . .  & Pray . . . Thank you for standing by me

Stop . . .  Think. . . & Pray . . .  Evíry minute, evíry hour

 . . . . I need you standing by me

 Stand by me . . . Stand by me

 Stand by me . . .  Stand by me

Ooohh .... Standing by me . . .  Ooohh ...Standing  by me...

Ooohh ....  Thank you for Standing  by me...


(Closing Chorus)

No money in my purse, but, Heís standing by me . . .

For better or for worse ... Heís standing by me . . .

Deep in my soul, I know that

Christ is coming some day...

Itís time to mend our ways &

Stop, Think & Pray

Available on CD Love Story: Act

posted 30 June 2007

The Presidentís Agenda and the African American CommunityóNovember 2011

Note: One should take a careful look at the phrasing in the above presidential appeal to the "African America Community." It is not an "African American Agenda" by the President but a "President's Agenda." It is always when it comes to black Americans about Mr. Obama than about black American communities.óRL

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Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered

the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It

By H. W. Brands

In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar's astonishing rise to become the world's principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar's changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America's economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan's bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt's handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar's dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today. He concludes with a sobering dissection of the 2008 world financial debacle, which exposed the power--and the enormous risks--of the dollar's worldwide reign.  The Economy

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura MarŪa AgustŪn

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Boisí Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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