Revolutions Per Minute

An electrifying soundscape of emma's revolution's characteristically "rousing and soulful" songs of social conscience, in settings from intimate acoustic to full-on funk. Featured contributors include Grammy-winning recording engineer, Charlie Pilzer, Raining Jane percussionist, Mona Tavakoli, and Doane Perry, drummer of the legendary rock band, Jethro Tull. "Y'all put the 'move' in movement" -- Joetta, GA. You can hear full tracks from RPM on our Reverbnation page @

12 - Rise

© 2011 Sandy O & Pat Humphries, Moving Forward Music BMI
Written February 22, 2011

"Sandy began this song in the early months of the 'Arab Spring', when every day, week and month brought more astonishing developments in the revolutions in Africa and the Middle East. We finished it together just in time for this recording and, in a rare move for us, recorded it without having ever performed it on tour."

Right before our eyes, right before our eyes
Governments fall and the people rise
Here beneath these skies, hear the people’s cries
Justice for all, and the people rise

We are watching history unfold
And a new world grows out of the old
Fear is shattered, courage fills the air
Sparks are flying, catch them if you dare

Years of struggle lead to this one day
This one moment when the people say
“We are marching though the road is long,
We are many, though you fight us, we stand strong”

Hungry eyes are looking to you now
Taking to the streets and learning how
To rise above the suffering and fears
Forge the dreams strengthened by our tears