Muhammad, you’ve accomplished – What few would even dare start
The reason you succeeded – You were led by your heart
Oh yes, you’ve evolved – Far from whence you began
With just humble beginnings – You became a great man!!
G.G You were a dancer – Up on your toes
And it really served you well – Slipping millions of blows
And you spoke like a sage – And maybe you were
“Some day I’ll be the world champion” – You caused such a stir!!
You learned how to fight – To hear Joe Martin recall
Because someone stole your bike – And you wanted to brawl
You were naturally fast – But still, you would work
A sassy little kid – With that cute little smirk!!
You won the Olympics – With popularity so high
Your future was certain – And the limit was the sky
Cassius Clay fought Sonny Liston – Stinging like a bee
Out of that fight was born – The man known as “Ali”!!
Elijah Muhamad – Was a teacher to you
The Nation of Islam – Helped your strength show through
Like everything else – With time so comes growth
You evolved into greatness – But never forsaking your oath!!
And there lies the amazement – For you turned public tide
By speaking your feelings – And keeping your pride
For you money meant nothing – It was the love in your heart
You gave all that you had – Right from the start!!
Ali, my friend – I wish you the best
You’ve met every challenge – And passed every test
You life is more peaceful – With Lonnie at your side
Still spreading your love – All over the worldwide!!