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R. Kelly‘s soon-to-be-released album is called Double Up. His tribute to the victims of the worst mass slaying in American history is called “Rise Up.” Hey, it could have been worse—-the 40-year-old singer/professional weirdo might have called the song “Trapped in the Closet Pt. 13.” A short clip is available online here; full press release after the jump.

Singer-Songwriter R. Kelly Inspires Nation to ‘Rise Up’ In Memory of the Victims and Families of Virginia Tech Tragedy

Singer-Songwriter Offers Song Expressing Hope and Encouragement During Difficult Time. Proceeds From Digital Single Sales Donated To the University’s Designated Memorial Fund

NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire/ — Moved by the terrible events at Virginia Tech last week, singer-songwriter R. Kelly has written and recorded a song of encouragement in memory of the victims and in condolence to their families. As the details of the tragedy were unfolding last week, Kelly was traveling across the country on his tour bus for a performance. Deeply affected by the news, he was inspired to write lyrics he shaped into a song entitled, “Rise Up,” a moving anthem in honor and remembrance of the victims of this heartbreaking event. At Kelly’s request, his label, Jive/Zomba Records is making the track available as a digital single for sale on Tuesday, May 15th in hopes of spreading the message of hope and unity. R. Kelly and Jive will donate 100% of the net proceeds from the digital single sales to the university’s official fund, The Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, and listeners who buy the track will be able to access a direct link to the memorial website. Recalling the spirit of triumph in one of Kelly’s previous celebrated anthems, “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Rise Up” is meant to offer encouragement and solace in the face of this senseless tragedy; ” … We’ll be strong together, Stand together, Pray together, Rise up.” To learn more about the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, visit http://www.vt.edu/tragedy/memorial_fund.php.

The label is shipping the song to radio stations this week.

R. Kelly “Rise Up” Lyrics

INTRO “The Victims are what mean the most to us and that we cared so much about … .” “I just really feel that we are going to be known as the school that overcame.”

VERSE (whoa) I know you’re feelin’ pain right now (whoa) And you don’t wanna talk right now (whoa) I know you’re going through something And you don’t want to be bothered right now (whoa) Not gonna lie and say I understand

(whoa) I just wanna be here for you if I can (whoa) To hold your hand and be by your side And together we will get through these times And we will cry together (uh huh) And we’ll fight this together (uh huh) And we’ll be strong together Stand together Pray together

CHORUS Rise up When you feel you can’t go on Rise up And all of your hope is gone Rise up When you’re weak and you can’t be strong Rise up (rise up) Rise up And when the tears start to fall Rise up And you feel you’ve given it your all Rise up When your back is up against the wall Rise Rise up

VERSE (whoa) Now I know the burdens that you bear (whoa) And you don’t think nobody cares (whoa) A storm comes out of nowhere And you feelin’ like it just ain’t fair (whoa) Not here to preach about the brighter side (no) Cause I understand and now is not the time (oh) See I just want to help you make it right Walk with you, holding up candle lights

CHORUS And we will cry together (we will cry together) And we’ll fight this together (stand up and fight) And we’ll be strong together (hey) Stand together (stand together) Pray together Rise up (woo) When you feel you can’t go on (feel like you can’t go on) Rise up And all of your hope is gone (all your hope is gone) Rise up When you’re weak and you can’t be strong (hey) Rise (you gotta rise up yeah) Rise up And when the tears start to fall (yeah) Rise up And you feel you’ve given it your all Rise up When your back is up against the wall Rise (rise)

BRIDGE You see struggle Struggle has no color hey No color (hey) In the midst of crisis You are my sister (hey) and I’m your brother (yeah) And side by side we’ll face this thing Standin’ tall (standin’ tall) You and me (hey)

VAMP Rise up Rise Rise up Rise (Woo) Rise up (Hey) Rise We will rise Rise up Heads up to the sky Rise up Rise When all hope has fallen yeah Rise up We’ll stand tall and believe (yes we will) Rise Rise up And we gotta know tomorrow will come (yeah) and Rise Rise up You will have the victory Rise up Hey Rise up Rise up Rise Rise up Hey hey hey hey hey Rise Rise up In the middle … in the middle of your storm when you … (rise up) When you think you … when you think you cannot make it rise up Rise up (ooh) Rise Rise up (God bless you Virginia … our hearts go out to you and your families) Peace Rise up