have you heard about jack johnson, hes a hero in this land. i dont like to sing about boxing but i hope youll understand. it was the 1st year they gave teh heavyweight to a black man and in 1908 it aint so easy. he was born right after slavery died, right after reconstruction died, born right after none of that stuff really died at all. he would walk down the streets wearing gold & diamonds, always hold his head up high, & he never had to say yes sir or no sir to the white forlks as they passed him by, or as he passed them by. so the great white hope was pulled out of retirement to nurse the bruised & shattered white pride. & when johnson beat him down there wasnt a man around at his side. when the fight was over there was beatings & murders, the worst race riot this country has seen. all because they didnt want a black man winning in their ring. who said heroes had to be role models anyway?

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    General Commentgood song
    UNCWDMBfanon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentagreed
    operation veggieon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, I agree. It's obviously about Jack Johnson, a black boxer who managed to defeat the (white) Heavyweight champion. Look up Jack Johnson on Wikipedia if you don't understand the lyrics.

    I do have one question, though. At the beginning of the song, it calls Jack Johnson a hero, which almost the rest of the song confirms. However, the end of the song says

    "who said heroes had to be role models anyway?"

    Jack Johnson had several flaws, but as none of them are mentioned in the song, I am hesitant to say that is the reason for that line. Does anyone have any ideas?
    fortherechordon April 01, 2009   Link

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