"Black Rain" as written by and Ben/yates Harper....
You left them swimming for their lives
Down in New Orleans
Can't afford a gallon of gasoline
With your useless degrees and contrary statistics
This government business is straight up sadistic

Now you don't fight for us
But expect us to die for you
You have no sympathy for us
But still I cry for you
Now you may kill the revolutionary
But the revolution you can never bury

Don't speak to us like we work for you
Selling false hope like some new dope we're addicted to
I'm not a desperate man but these are desperate times at hand
This generation is beyond your command

And it won't be long
'til the people flood the streets
To take you down
One and all
A black rain is gonna fall

Lyrics submitted by tommyg

"Black Rain" as written by Jason Yates Ben C Harper

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    General CommentBen Harper calls out the Bush administration re: the response to Katrina and their general lack of concern for the working poor and minorities.
    tommygon January 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttotally a Bush administration slander song...Quite good in my opinion...
    EPEvenflowon March 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so powerful,doesnt hold back on whats going on with the Bush administration, he doesnt censor himself;
    "this government business is straight up sadistic."
    "the people flood the streets, take you down, one and all."
    He's angry and so are many others out there, the Katrina situation really makes one wonder where Bush's priorities lie concerning African Americans.
    productofthe80son July 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentone of the best anti-bush administration songs today..
    cp8climbon May 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfunk......70's throw back.

    a tribute to how harper's many skillz

    Harper did (openly) nic 'a hard rain is gonna fall' .....Black rain is gonna fall.

    All told good solid song,,,,,but it's not going to make you come like seve your soul.
    pton November 12, 2007   Link

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