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    by Raymond Nat Turner

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    The battle is no longer in the streets

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    Now, we fightin’ for those leather seats

     

    Sold Singers

    by Raymond Nat Turner

     

    Singing against backgrounds of crackling flames,

    So low their bass reverberated Booker T,

    Drowning out shouts and shots of the no-names

    The big voices all crooned way, way off key

    Mint-fresh faces of Franklin, Cleveland and Chase

    Inspired their song with an “Amazing Grace”

    Restricting our rhythm to a mellow pace:

     

    “Black is beautiful, but green power

    Sounds sweeter, not rocking the boat—

    Being dutiful, seize the hour and

    Let us lower our note…”

     

    Singin’ shufflin’ ditties, once the 70s swung in

    They rocked like Booker T and other sold men

    Oh, so low they’d “Sing a Simple Song”

    “The best things in life are free…”

    “So What” “if loving you is wrong…”

    “…You can’t prove that by me

    They’d even get down, like James Brown,

    On bended knees, screamin’ and beggin’

    “Baby, please, please…”

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    The battle is no longer in the streets

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    Now, we fightin’ for those leather seats

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    I-I-I-I…

    I know the white man done you wrong

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    So vote for me, and make us strong

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    You’ve suffered enough, heaven knows

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    E-lect me, and I’ll heal your woes

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    I-I-I-I…

    I wanna be you next Congressman

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    I promise to ban the Ku Klux Klan

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    And look into all racist attacks

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    From the hills, across the tracks

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    So don’t protest or demonstrate

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    E-lect me and I’ll negotiate

     

    BABY, PLEASE GO VOTE

    I-I-I-I…

     

    “Promises, promises, promises…” and

    Makers come and go…

    ‘Til we sing: “We Shall Overthrow!”

     

    Raymond Nat Turner can be contacted at upsurgejazz.com.

     

    Raymond Nat Turner © 2013 All Rights Reserved

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