You’ve been serving time in prison

For lo, these many long years

Too bad you didn’t snort powdered coke

Like the Wall Street billionaires

 

You’re not jailed for rape or murder

Or other atrocities

You didn’t do the widespread fraud

That crashed our economy

 

You’re black and you smoked crack

Now you’re never coming back

You’re far away from home

We got tough on crime

You’re doing lots of time

Many miles from home

 

The prison-industrial complex

Keeps the upstate economy going

It gets its raw materials

From inner-city neighborhoods

 

This, is, the war on drugs

It’s eating young people of color alive

Bust those laws wide ohhh-pen

This has got to stop

One bright sunny day
In Ferguson MO (say: “moe”)
Michael Brown was-shot-and-killed
For walking in the road
Hands up in the air
No weapon had he
He was yet another victim
Of police brutality

(bridge)
Eric Garner, Sean Bell
Amadou Dillo
Ramarley Graham
And Ousmane Zongo
It’s a long mournful list
Growing all the time
Moms and dads weep
And watch their kids die

Into the streets
Streamed his family and friends
To protest the death of
Another young black man
The cops were ready
With military gear
Like foreign invaders
Filling everyone with fear

(bridge)
People of color
Have the right
To walk outdoors
Any day or night
The mission of the cops
Is to serve and protect
Respect for all
Is what we all expect

We Will Remember
(Tune: “The Water is Wide”)
Lyrics by Vicki Ryder (2014)

 
We will remember Michael Brown,
Eighteen years old when they shot him down.
A human being just in his prime,
And “walking black” was his only “crime.”

Jonathan Ferrell, Emmett Till,
Kimani Gray, Traveres McGill,
Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell,
And Oscar Grant, we remember well....

We Grannies all cry out in pain
To see it happen once again.
We worked to end Jim Crow at last,
And we won’t go back to our racist past.

The cops with guns across our land
Have got to stop and understand
That all of us are Michael Brown...
And tho’ they try, they won’t keep us down.

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