Rain and fire crossed that ocean
Another mad man done struck again
Rain and fire crossed that ocean
Another mad man done struck again

Sitting down here fallout shelter
Paint my walls, twice a week
Sitting down here fallout shelter
Think about the slaves, long time ago

Ten million slaves crossed that ocean
They had shackles on their legs
Ten million slaves crossed that ocean
They had shackles on their legs

Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been
Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been

Sun goes out, you'll be standing
You'll be standing by yourself
Sun goes out, you'll be standing
You'll be standing by yourself

Ten million slaves crossed that ocean
They had shackles on their legs
Ten million slaves crossed that ocean
They had shackles on their legs

Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been
Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been

Ten million slaves crossed that ocean
They had shackles on their legs
Food goes bad, food looks rancid
But they ate it anyway

Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been
Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been

Sun goes out, you'll be standing
You'll be standing all alone
Sun goes out, you'll be standing
You'll be standing all alone
All alone, all alone, all alone, all alone, all alone


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    General CommentGreat song, Im only just now discovering this guy and i think this reflects his anti-prejudiced mindset as well as how all the past enslaved deserve redemption
    RandyHouseron July 10, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationRain and fire crossed that ocean
    Another mad man done struck again
    Rain and fire crossed that ocean
    Another mad man done struck again
    (This means people from the U.S. have come across the ocean to kidnap Africans to use them as slaves in the U.S.)

    Sitting down here fallout shelter
    Paint my walls, twice a week
    Sitting down here fallout shelter
    Think about the slaves, long time ago
    (This, I think, is calling the slave cabins a fallout shelter or a place of safety. "Paint my walls twice week" this may be a cultural reference to the fact that slaves used to paint the walls of their homes blue, thinking that color was sacred and would keep evil spirits or the devil out of there home)

    Ten million slaves crossed that Ocean
    They had shackles on Their Legs
    Ten million slaves crossed that Ocean
    They had Shackles on Their Legs
    (The chorus tells us the song is in fact about slavery)
    SamH270on June 07, 2014   Link

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