Amiri Baraka
uuuuuuuuuu uuu ray light morning fire lynch yet
     uuuuuuu, yester-pain in dreams
     comes again. race-pain, people our people
        our people
     everywhere . . . yeh . . . uuuuu, yeh
     uuuuu. Yeh
     our people
     yes people
     every people
     most people
     uuuuu, yeh uuuuu, most people
     in pain
     yester-pain, and pain today
     (Screams) ooowow! ooowow! It must be
        the devil
     (jumps up like a claw stuck him) oooo
        wow! oooowow! (screams)

     It must be the devil
     It must be the devil
     it must be the devil
     (shakes like evangelical sanctify
     shakes tambourine like evangelical sanctify
        in heat)
     ooowow! ooowow! yeh, devil, yeh, devil

     Must be the devil must be the devil
     (waves plate like collection) mus is mus is
        mus is
     mus is be the devil, cain be rockefeller
        (eyes roll
     up batting, and jumping all the way around
        to face the
     other direction) caint be him, no lawd
     aint be dupont, no lawd, cain be, no lawd

        no way
     noway, naw saw, no way jose — cain be
        them rich folks
     theys good to us theys good to us theys
        good to us theys
     good to us theys good to us, i know, the
        ma**a tolt me
     so, i seed it on channel 7, i seed it on
        channel 9 i seed
     it on channel 4 and 2 and 5. Rich folks
        good to us
     poor folks ain't sh*t, hallelujah, hallelujah,
        ooowow! oowow!
     must be the devil, going to heaven after i
        die, after we die
     everything going to be different, after we die
        we ain't gon be
     hungry, ain gon be pain, ain gon be sufferin
        wont go thru this
     again, after we die, after we die owooo!
     after we die, its all gonna be good, have all
        the money we
     need after we die, have all the food we
        need after we die
     have a nice house like the rich folks, after
        we die, after we die, after we
        die, we can live like rev ike, after we die,
        hallelujah, hallelujah, must be
     the devil, it ain capitalism, it ain't capitalism,
        it ain't capitalism,
     naw it ain't that, jimmy carter wdnt lie,
        “lifes unfair” but it ain't capitalism
     must be the devil, owow! it ain the police,
        jimmy carter wdnt lie, you
     know rosalynn wdnt not lillian his
        drunken racist brother ain't no reflection
     on jimmy, must be the devil got in im, i tell
        you, the devil killed malcolm
     and dr king too, even killed both kennedies,
        and pablo neruda and overthrew
     allende’s govt. killed lumumba, and is
        negotiating with step and fetchit,
     sleep n eat and birmingham, over there in
        “Rhodesia”, goin’ under the name
     ian smith, must be the devil, caint be vortser,
        caint be apartheid, caint
     be imperialism, jimmy carter wdnt lie, didn't
        you hear him say in his state
     of the union message, i swear on rosalynn’s
        face-lifted catatonia, i wdnt lie
     nixon lied, haldeman lied, dean lied, hoover
        lied hoover sucked (d**ks) too
     but jimmy dont, jimmy ain't lying,
        must be the devil, put yr
     money on the plate, must be the devil, in
        heaven we’all all be straight
     cain be rockefeller, he gave amos pootbootie a
        scholarship to Behavior
     Modification Univ, and Genevieve Almoswhite
        works for his foundation
     Must be n***ers! Cain be Mellon, he gave
        Winky Sucka**, a fellowship in
     his bank put him in charge of closing out
        mortgages in the lowlife
     Pittsburgh Hill n***er section, caint be him.
              (Goes on babbling, and wailing, j*rking
        in pathocrazy grin stupor)
     Yessuh, yessuh, yessuh, yessuh, yessuh, yes-
        suh, yessuh, yessuh, yessuh, yessuh,
     put yr money in the plate, dont be late, dont
        have to wait, you gonna be in
     heaven after you die, you gon get all you need
        once you gone, yessuh, i heard
     it on the jeffersons, i heard it on the rookies,
        I swallowed it
     whole on roots: wasn’t it nice slavery was so
        cool and
     all you had to do was wear derbies and vests
        and train chickens and buy your
     way free if you had a mind to, must be the
        devil wasn’t no white folks,
     lazy n***ers chained theyselves and threw
        they own black a**es in the bottom
     of the boats, [(well now that you mention it King
     A**blackuwasi helped throw yr a** in
     the bottom of the boat, yo mamma, wife, and
        you never seed em no more)] must
     a been the devil, gimme your money put your
        money on this plate, heaven be here soon,
     just got to die, just got to stop living, close yr
        eyes stop
     breathin and bammm-O heaven be here, you
        have all a what you need, Bam-O
     all a sudden, heaven be here, you have all you
        need, that a**embly line
     you work on will dissolve in thin air owowoo!
        owowoo! Just gotta die
     just gotta die, this ol world ain't nuthin, must be
        the devil got you
     thinkin so, it cain be rockefeller, it cain be mor-
        gan, it caint be capitalism
     it caint be national oppression owow! No Way!
        Now go back to work and cool
     it, go back to work and lay back, just a little
        while longer till you pa**
     its all gonna be alright once you gone. gimme
        that last bitta silver you got
     stashed there sister, gimme that dust now broth-
        er man, itll be ok on the
     other side, yo soul be clean be washed pure
        white, yes. yes. yes. owow.
     now go back to work, go to sleep, yes, go to
        sleep, go back to work, yes
     owow. owow. uuuuuuuuuu, uuuuuuuuuuu,
        uuuuuuuuuuu. yes, uuuuuuu. yes.
     a men.