joy beats oppression, but oppression will make you pay
‘cause our joy is fleeting while oppression never goes away
you look them right in the eye,
you stare and shout them down, but joy, our joy,
don't really care for fighting
while oppression will just wait around-for you to blink.
joy beats oppression, but oppression will make you pay.
say,

speak up, black out, black-listed, full-blooded, red-
speak up, black out, black-listed, full-blooded

he gave us everything he could but he got tired-
man we all get tired - when we ain't thinking so good-
when he got tired this country it took back every damn thing
that it goddamn could.
bullies will always take back everything they can,
from the free, from the joyous lucky drunks who don't give a damn-
this country will always take back everything it can.
say,

speak up, black out, black-listed, full-blooded, red-
speak up, black out, black-listed, full-blooded, red-

he wasn't in it for himself, he was in it for you and for me
but he fought it alone and that just makes you bitter and mean,
for a while this could be so good,
for tonight we make the rules here inside this club.
me and the girls are here to tell you;
they're fucking with you 'cause they want what you have
things aren't really pretty damn funny
things ain't really quite so bad.

take this whooping with you to home
and to work and to school, to mom and to dad-
points we all can stop the world to remember that friends,
don't be sad
take this whooping with you to home
and to work and to school, to mom and to dad-
you don't hang a man at a trial, yeah
don't make a man fight all alone again.

speak up, black out, black-listed, full-blooded, red-
speak up, black out, black-listed, full-blooded, red-

speak up, black out, black-listed, full-blooded, red-
speak up, black out, black-listed, full-blooded, red-
speak up, (speak up), black out, (black out), black-listed, full-blooded, red-
speak up, (speak up), black out, (black out), black-listed, full-blooded, red-

speak up
black out
black-listed
full-blooded
red


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    General Commentone of my favourite songs to hear and dance to live, by anyone. the verse especially is so intense.
    okokayokon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf you love this song (and how could you not? :D) but haven't taken the time to find out who Paul Robeson is, please do! Actor, singer, athelete, multilingual, and all around cool guy. He was black listed during the McCarthy era for his political beliefs; he was a supporter of Socialism. Not only was he unable to perform in the US, his passport was revoked so he could no longer perform overseas. His impressive and beautiful body of work was buried by a paranoid nation, so a depressingly small number of people know who he is today.

    It does my heart good to see such a moving tribute to him.
    Teowon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttake this one thing with you to home and to work and to school, to mom and to dad-
    there are moments when you can stop the world
    remember that friends don't be sad.
    take this one thing with you to home and to work and to school, to mom and to dad-
    don't hang a man out to dry- again,
    don't make a man fight it alone- again.

    Probably my favorite part of the song... But then again... *highlight the whole thing*

    But isn't ALL thier stuff awsome live? lol.
    Sabbiton April 01, 2007   Link

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