Pinwheel of Death

Victor Brown


SONGS

Writers Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson

Genres Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Jazz, Americana

Recorded 1971

Lyrics AND THOUGH
IT'S BEEN TOO LONG
AND TOO MANY YEARS
HAVE PASSED.
AND THOUGH
THE TIME HAS GONE,
THE MEMORIES
STILL HOLD FAST.

YET AS STRANGE AS IT SEEMS
WE SILL LIVE IN THE PAST.
THE ESSENCE
OF A BLACK LIFE
LOST IN THE HOUR-GLASS.

AND EVER SINCE
WE CAME TO THIS LAND,
THIS COUNTRY
HAS RUED THE DAY
WHEN WE WOULD STAND
AS ONE
AND RAISE OUR VOICES
AND SAY:

YOU KNOW
THERE WON'T BE
NO MORE KILLING,
AND NO MORE TALK
ABOUT CLASS
YOUR SONS
AND YOUR DAUGHTERS
WON'T DIE
IN THE HOUR-GLASS.

A TOAST
TO DAVID WALKER,
A TOAST
TO MARTIN KING,
A TOAST
TO ALL THE LEADERS
WHO HAD
A GOLDEN DREAM.
DREAM ON, DREAM ON.
A TOAST
TO ALL BLACK FATHERS
WHO LIVE
THEIR LIVES IN VAIN.
A TOAST
TO ALL BLACK MOTHERS
WHO SHOULDER
THIS LIFE IN PAIN.

A TOAST TO THE PEOPLE,
A TOAST TO THE PEOPLE,
A TOAST TO THE PEOPLE,
A TOAST TO THE PEOPLE!