Harlem Riot

Y' talks about things gittin' tough;
plen'y a trouble
sumpin like the riot
a expression of downright bitterness
we wuz bitter as all hell.

Hell came after that.
Some funny things happen ina whole mess a it.
ev'rything was in their hans an' reach,
what they always needed an' didn' never get
They ain' no proper words t'say what happen.
Certainly did the job.

Some people gotta idea this was a race riot.
I know it wuzn'
That's all they needed t'know.
I an' no prophet,
but I tells ya here it's gonna happen again

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