i wanna go back to dixie…

i wanna go back to dixie

the brown bag prophet
wearing an american flag
as a mundu
was wadding
through
some rancid muddy water
on the lawn
of
the justice center
he said
history
never
rewind
when it comes
to issues
of race
hell
it’s okay
to teach
to the test
leaving children
incapable of
solving
the most basic
of life’s problems
as long
as you’re white
in fact
they’ll give
tenure
and
a raise
but
be black
and
use an eraser
and your butt’s
in jail
without bail
seems
to me
there’s still
lynchings
in
the south

just can’t see the light of day…

just can't see the light of day

that
mockingbird’s
been singing
all night long
first
i thought
it was cuz’
the moon’s so bright
but
even when
there ain’t
no light
he keeps singing
the same
damn refrains
you’d think
he’d learn
all the other birds
are in bed
but
that said
i can’t
criticize
just look
how we vote
each time
we get a chance