NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: Ms. Lauryn Hill performs onstage during the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB F
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As tension simmers in Ferguson, Missouri, members of the music community have taken to their studios, their social media accounts—and in Lauryn Hill's case, their living rooms—to voice their frustrations, anger and hopes for resolution one beat at a time following the tragic death of Michael Brown. 

Last night, Hill posted a previously unreleased home recording of "Black Rage" with the following dedication: "An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO."

This version of her 2012 single consists of little more than the haunting strains of an acoustic guitar and the voices of her children in the background. She used the tune from an unlikely classic as the base for its melody: "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. (Yup, the "rain drops on roses/whiskers on kittens" song.) The result is a stirring, solemn listen that's just as inspiring as it is captivating, and her ability to play off the bones of the well-known musical standard's lyrics remains nothing short of genius, especially in this context.

The lyrics of "Black Rage," below:

BLACK RAGE is founded on two-thirds a person
Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens,
Black human packages tied up in strings,
BLACK RAGE can come from all these kinds of things.

BLACK RAGE is founded on blatant denial
Squeezed economics, subsistence survival
Deafening silence and social control.
BLACK RAGE is founded on wounds in the soul!

When the dogs bite
When the beatings
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don't fear so bad!

BLACK RAGE is founded: who fed us self hatred,
Lies and abuse, while we waited and waited?
Spiritual treason, this grid and its cages.
BLACK RAGE is founded on these kinds of things.

BLACK RAGE is founded on draining and draining,
Threatening your freedom to stop your complaining.
Poisoning your water while they say it's raining,
Then call you mad for complaining, complaining.

Old time bureaucracy drugging the youth,
BLACK RAGE is founded on blocking the truth!
Murder and crime, compromise and distortion,
Sacrifice, sacrifice who makes this fortune?

Greed, falsely called progress,
Such Human contortion,
BLACK RAGE is founded on these kinds of things.

So when the dogs bite
And when the ceilings
And when I'm feeling mad,
I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don't fear so bad!

Free enterprise, is it myth or illusion?
Forcing you back into purposed confusion.
Black human trafficking or blood transfusion?
BLACK RAGE is founded on these kinds of things.

Victims of violence both psyche and body
Life out of context IS living unGodly.
Politics, politics
Greed falsely called wealth
BLACK RAGE is founded on denial of self!

Black human packages tied up in subsistence
Having to justify very existence
Try if you must but you can't have my soul
BLACK RAGE is made by unGodly control!

So when the dogs bite
When the beatings
And when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don't fear so bad!