Hope - Bars & Melody (re-write cover from Twista ft. Faith Evans)


by Simon Cleary 

The Experience: Charlie Lenehan (15 years-old, on the left) and Leondre Devries (13, on the right) win Britain's Got Talent "Golden Buzzer" straight to the finals. Leondre re-wrote Hope from Twista, rapping about being bullied on the way to school and trying to reason with the bully - "Yo mister bully, help me please. I'm flesh and blood, accept me please!"

Performance Video: 

The meaning of Bars & Melody's Hope is what they've gone through: being bullied, hoping for a better day, and getting there. First is how Leandre lived,  "Please help me God, I feel so alone, Trying to fit in, where do I belong?" There's no-one to turn to, "I want to tell my Mom, she's havin' trouble with my Dad.Then he describes how it feels, trying to reason with the bully, "I feel so scared when you shout me down, you kick me, punch me, throw me to the ground, when I ask you what have I done. You hit me again, make fun of my Mom!" Charlie sings that no matter how much it hurts, there's "hope for today... He'll make a way."
Two lessons:  1) hope: we can all get past bullying and pain. 
2) music and writing can pull us through times of pain: Leondre says "When I used to be down in the dumps, I used to write my raps. I could express myself through what I was writing down."

Ask Yourself: What do I do about seeing people be bullied? 


LYRICS:
Oh-oh-oh
Check it out
Oh no
Here we go

Please help me God, I feel so alone
I'm just a kid, how can I take it on my own
I've lost too many tears just writing this song
Trying to fit in, where do I belong?
I wake up every day, don't want to leave my home
My momma's askin' me why I'm always alone
Too scared to say, too scared to holler
I'm walking to school with sweat around my collar
I'm just a kid, I don't want no threats
My gloves are bad, my life's a mess
The names you call me, they hurt real bad
I want to tell my Mom
She's havin' trouble with my Dad
I feel so tight there's nowhere to turn
Just goin' to school
Don't wanna fight I wanna learn
So please mister bully 
Tell me what I've done
You know I have no Dad
I'm livin' with my Mom

Hopeful, yes I am
Hope for today
Take this music where you sit
Let it take you away
And be hopeful, hopeful
And He'll make a way
I know it ain't easy but that's okay
Just be hopeful

Why do you trip every single thing?
I didn't ask to be born but now I have to pay
I ain't got no money, take all I have
When I give it to you, you search all my bags
I feel so scared when you shout me down
You kick me, punch me, throw me to the ground
When I ask you what have I done
You hit me again, make fun of my Mom!

Hopeful, yes I am
Hope for today
Take this music where you sit
Let it take you away
And be hopeful, hopeful
And He'll make a way
I know it ain't easy but that's okay
Just be hopeful

What I wear is all I have
I look so hobo, livin' from a bag
Yo mister bully, help me please
I'm flesh and blood, accept me please
Hey mister bully, I don't know what to do
My mind it can't explain what it did to you
Mister bully, take a moment please
Every single day you bring me to my knees

Hopeful, yes I am
Hope for today
Take this music where you sit
Let it take you away
And be hopeful, hopeful
And He'll make a way
I know it ain't easy but that's okay
Just be hopeful

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