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by Tom Clay
# Debut Chart
8 Jul '71 Hot 100
32 Aug '71 R&B

Lyrics

What is segregation I don't know what seggeration is Uh, what is bigotry I don't know what biggery is What does, uh, hatred mean I don't know what it is Uh, what is, uh, prejudice Umm, I think it's When somebody's sick Rise and shine, boys One, two, three, four One, two, three, four (Machine gun fire) One (lift your head up!) Two (throw your shoulders back) Three (get your chest out) Four (let me hear you shout) One, two, three, four One, two, three, four One, two, three, four I don't know but I believe (I don't know but I believe) I'll be home by Christmas eve (I'll be home by Christmas eve) Sound off (one, two) Sound off (three, four) Sound off One, two, three, four One, two, three, four Anybody here seen my old friend John Can you tell me where he's gone We're at the Trade Mart The motorcade is coming by here Police motorcycles Just heard a call on the radio For all units along Industrial To pick up the motorcade Something has happened here We understand there has been a shooting The presidential car coming up now We know it's the presidential car I can see Mrs. Kennedy's pink suit


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There's a Secret Service man Spread eagle over the top of the car. We understand Governor and Mrs. Connolly are in the car With President and Mrs. Kennedy We can't see who has been hit If anybody's been hit But apparently something is wrong here Something is terribly wrong I'm in behind the motorcade And it looks as though they're Going to Parkland Hospital We interrupt this program To bring you a special bulletin Dallas, Texas The flash, apparently official President John F. Kennedy died At one p.m., central standard time Anybody here seen my old friend Martin Can you tell me where he's gone He's freed a lot of people But it seems the good, they die young Difficult days ahead But it really dudn't matter with me now Because I've been to the mountaintop And I don't mind Like anybody, I would like to live No one can be certain who next will suffer From some senseless act of bloodshed Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby Can you tell me where he's gone Mayor Yorty has just sent me a message That we've been here too long already So, uh, my thanks to all of you And now it's on to Chicago And let's win there Senator Kennedy has been shot Senator Kennedy has been shot Is that possible Oh, my God Senator Kennedy has been shot Rafer Johnson has a hold of the man Who apparently has fired the shot Get the gun, get the gun, get the gun Stay away from the gun His hand is frozen Take a hold of his thumb And break it if you have to Get his thumb, all right That's it Rafer, get it Get the gun, Rafer Hold him, hold him We don't want another Oswald Like it or not, we live in Times of danger and uncertainty That is the way he lived That is what he leaves us My brother need not be idealized Or enlarged in death beyond What he was in life Be remembered simply As a good and decent man Who saw wrong and tried to right it Saw suffering and tried to heal it Saw war and tried to stop it Those of us who loved him And who take him to his rest today Pray that what he was to us What he wished for others Will some day come to pass For all the world As he said many times In many parts of this nation Those he touched And who sought to touch him Some men see things As they are, and say why I dream things that never were And say why not What the world needs now Is love, sweet love No, not just for some But for everyone What is segregation I don't know what seggeration is Uh, what is bigotry I don't know what biggery is What does, uh, hatred mean I don't know what it is Uh, what is, uh, prejudice Umm, I think it's When somebody's sick

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