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The #ICantKeepQuiet Choir performing during the Women's March on Washington (Facebook).

Viral hit

‘I Can’t Keep Quiet, I’m a One-Woman Riot’ song goes insanely viral

By WITW Staff on January 23, 2017

The song performance you can watch further down the page became the anthem of the Women’s March on Washington and has gone insanely viral, exceeding more than 10 million views since being posted on Facebook Saturday night. Perhaps even more interesting than its viral success is how it came together — and that many of the women who are singing the song never met in-person until the day of the Women’s March and the below performance.

The BBC reports that the song, “I Can’t Keep Quiet,” was written by Milck, a Los Angeles-based singer, who intended for the piece to be a “song of empowerment” after experiencing sexual abuse. Milck, though, began thinking bigger — and that the song could serve a bigger purpose. So, she put together a team of choir singers from D.C. and L.A., and the group rehearsed the song over Skype chats, with an eye toward performing around Washington, D.C. in flash mobs on the day of the march. Then, the group, known as the #ICantKeepQuiet choir, hooked up with the Pussy Hat Project, which supplied the pink headwear, and the whole thing came together. Pretty awesome indeed. Watch the full performance below.

These women are from different states and never met till today. They practiced this song online. I was crying the whole time I filmed this. Show them some love. #WomensMarch #ANTHEM #Icantkeepquiet #TogetherWeRise SECOND DAY – Woke up to 2.5 million views! Hello world x I'm adding some more details here because everyone is asking in private messages and I can't answer y'all but I'm so incredibly happy and thankful. So to answer…. I'm a film and commercial director (www.almaharel.com) and was in the march to support women of all races around the world coming together and get heard. I did not know these women and the artist. I now found out she goes under the name of MILCK (Icantkeepquiet.org) and that she gathered women from all around the country to sing this #Anthem at the #WomensMarch . They practiced it online using Skype and they only met once before the march. Some met that day for the first time! I was lucky or sent (depending on your preference) to stumble upon her.My phone's battery died from the cold and I was lost and with out my friends who were back stage. I was wondering around trying to navigate the incredible crowds when I found my self this pocket of space around these women. When they started singing, I checked on my phone frustrated that it's dead and it suddenly sprung back to life… 🙂 hence missing the beginning. This song and it's sentiment made me cry tears of relief the whole time I was filming it. The beauty and the harmony of their voices captured for me how women can come together to find their voice. I find it healing and empowering in the best possible way. No one can explain you the feeling of being surrounded by that number of women from every race who come together all around the world. 627 marches! #TOGETHERWERISE None of us are free until we are all free. This march was special because it accounted for all women of all races. Women of color and poor women are most likely to suffer more from this administration than anyone. Same goes for immigrants. We marched for people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Muslims, people with disabilities and all our communities that "are hurting and scared".ALSO stop trying to tell us we don't know what's happening in the middle east… I am from the middle east and this song is for women everywhere. Stop dividing us. HUGE GRATITUDE to the 3 WOMEN OF COLOR WHO ORGANIZED WOMEN'S MARCH @TamikaDMallory @lsarsour @msladyjustice1 and to Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Steinem and the millions of women who marched!Let me finish by posting all the lyrics for I CAN'T KEEP QUIET. Let's make it our #Anthem. I hope to sing it with you on our next march because WHEN WE HARMONIZE THEY CAN'T DIVIDE US. #TogetherWeRise #OneWomansRiot #iCantkeepquiet “Quiet”Written by MILCK and AGProduced by AGput on your faceknow your placeshut up and smiledon’t spread your legsI could do that But no one knows me no one ever willif I don’t say something, if I just lie stillWould I be that monster, scare them all awayIf I let the-em hear what I have to say I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh ohI can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh ohA one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh ohI can’t keep quietFor anyoneAnymoreCuz no one knows me no one ever willif I don’t say something, take that dry blue pillthey may see that monster, they may run awayBut I have to do this, do it anywayI can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh ohI can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh ohA one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh ohOh I can’t keep quiet Let it out Let it outLet it out nowThere��ll be someone who understands Let it out Let it outLet it out nowMust be someone who’ll understand Let it out Let it outLet it out nowThere’ll be someone who understandsLet it out Let it outLet it out nowI can’t keep quiet

Posted by Alma Harel on Saturday, January 21, 2017

 

Read the full story at the BBC and get the song’s complete lyrics here.

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