Gil Scott-Heron – “Did You Hear What They Said”

0 Posted by - September 10, 2014 - Feature, Music

I must have inspiration when I write, and usually that inspiration comes in musical form.  Last night as I ended a bit of a writing hiatus, and came across the “Free Will” album from Gil Scott-Heron.  I turned to a melancholy track titled “Did You Hear What They Said” and my ears were captured.  It made me think of the recent Mike Brown tragedy, and similar situations our community is plagued with.  I thought about the countless black youth who die in our communities daily.  Those who go to war for a country who doesn’t believe in or support them.  This song personified the pain many of us feel that is so deep, and misunderstood by others.  The lyrics are simple, but profound.  I’ll let you take a listen for yourself.

 

Did you hear what they said,
Did you hear what they said,
Did you hear what they said,
They said another brother’s dead,
They said he’s dead…but he can’t be buried,
They said he’s dead…but he can’t be buried,
Come on, come on,come on,come on
this can’t be real.
Did you hear what they said,
Did you hear what they said,
Did you hear what they said,
They said,they shot him in his head,
a shot in the head to save his country,
a shot in the head to save his country,
Come on, come on,come on,come on
this can’t be real.

Did you hear what they said,
Yeah did you hear what they said,
Did you hear what they said,
About his mother and how she cried,
They said she cried,’cause her only son was dead
They said she cried,’cause her only son was dead
Woman,could you imagine if your only son was dead
And somebody told you,he couldn’t be buried,
hey,hey,come on,come on,come on,come on
this can’t be real.

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