"Gullah" as written by and Dan Maines Jean-paul Gaster....
Ain't no doubt Jesus sees us
Acting foolishly on American Band Stand
Agog with spastic baskets, the latest fashions
Here I am Here I am Here I am
But that chin music sound, oh how it drown
Gotta shake â??em on down

Scaling up the heights of folly.
Scaling up the heights of folly.

Kill the lights and bring the music down.
Everybody be quiet.
Sudden movement on the Serengeti, get ready Freddy,
Opportunity only knocks once.
Never mind the fat ones, just go for the slow ones
See how they run see how they run see how they run.

While you busy lighting roman candles on the yellowcake
They shook you on down.
When the rain start falling, boatman calling,
Shake â??em on down.

The flood receding, the mountain appears,
Send out the black bird, send out the dove.

You Babel rabble-rousers
In polyester trousers
Big bright cities.
Ain't no doubt Vishnu missed you, then Kali kissed you,
Better get busy. Better get busy. Better get busy.

Days get shorter, air gets colder,
Tune on in to the N.O.A.A. radio

Scaling up the heights of folly.
Scaling up the heights of folly.

While you busy lighting roman candles on the yellowcake
They shook you on down.
When the rain start falling, boatman calling,
Shake â??em on down.
While you busy lighting roman candles on the yellowcake
They shook you on down.
When the rain start falling, boatman calling,
Shake â??em on down.

The flood receding, the mountain appears,
Send out the black bird, send out the dove.


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"Gullah" as written by Jean-paul Gaster Dan Maines

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    General CommentGreat song. Can't decipher it, but it's awesome anyway.
    OpinionHeadon April 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit definitely has to do with religions. I think it may be to point out how churches are good and all, but they're not everything. Gotta be a good person. And even the lines about getting "shook down", I believe are about indulgences. After death, they're gonna cheat you. I realize this isn't very coherent, but, it's 2AM and it makes sense to me.
    itastelikeorangeson May 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this refers to the plight of freed slaves who were allowed to settle on former plantation lands during the end of the Civil War, particularly in or near the Gullah region. Many former slaves became volunteers in the Union Army and were promised the right to cultivate former plantations but many were evicted following the collapse of Reconstruction policies.

    The biblical story of the great flood has often been used an allegory for the end of slavery, with Noah's delivery from the waters likened to freedom. Read in this light, the perspective of the song moves from the difficulties of settlement facing newly freed slaves to the former land owner who comes to evict them. The last lines, describing the end of the flood, is a powerful metaphor for delivery from hardship.
    polyniceson March 03, 2012   Link
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    My Opinionwell a lot of you say it has to do with religion.... however I believe it has to do with war..
    take for instance : Yellowcake..... (also called urania) is a type of uranium ... lets just think about that for a moment....... sending our the black bird is a kin to sending out a canary to prove air quality. Also- NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I think its post apocalyptic. just my opinion.....
    EarthRockeron October 25, 2017   Link
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    General Comment"Sudden movement on the Serengeti" seems to be a reference to western expansion into Africa in Gods name.
    pervyintheparkon July 20, 2013   Link

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