Once upon a time, not so very long ago,They hung us up in trees so that they could have a show.
It was a celebration, they brought children and food, They called it “pick a nigger” and said that it was good. They taught their children hatred and they nurtured the hate, They told them “It’s the way to live”, and now it’s too late. They grew up hating Blacks and all minorities,But they knew they could no longer hang us from the trees.
Cause along came Civil Rights and they had to lay low for a time because they couldn’t let their true feelings show. And so the years went by until they came up with a plan, And nation-wide they formed the biggest organized gang. They talked it over briefly said, “We know what we’ll do, Put badges on our chests and wear uniforms of blue.
We’ll take an oath that says that we’ll protect and we’ll serve, That’ll give us back our power, that’ll give us back our nerve.”So now it’s open season on us once again, They’re shooting, beating, choking every Black that they can. Doesn’t matter if we’re walking, driving, waiting on a train,Or shopping in a store, the results are still the same.
The courts are full of bullshit we see it every day, When a cop is brought before them, they just let ‘em walk away. They slaughter us daily like they slaughter a lamb, The system is a joke and justice is a sham. The situation’s bad and it will only get worse, If nothing’s done to stop it, it’s like living a curse. We’ve got to come together, bring this all to an end, Do something that will keep them from killing our men. They’re killing up our children, let’s remember that too,Anyone’s fair game, it could be me it could be you.
They’re killing all our brothers, husbands, fathers and sons, They’ve traded in their ropes, now they lynch us with their guns.
THEY’VE TRADED IN THEIR ROPES, NOW THEY LYNCH US WITH THEIR GUNS!