Soothing the Beast: Saturday Night BFP-Jamiol Music, Episode 106

Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson- “Winter in America”

For this week's Soothing the Beast BFP/Jamiol Music Pick, we have Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson performing Winter in America from the album of the same name. The album, Winter in America, was considered by both writers and music critics as Scott-Heron's and Jackson's greatest work together. Jackson's electric piano and flute work together with Scott-Heron's vocals and electric piano to make this song one of their best. This piece of music is 40-years old and it is just as relevant now as it was then. The lyrics are below. Hope you enjoy...DJPJ

From the Indians who welcomed the pilgrims
And to the buffalo who once ruled the plains
Like the vultures circling beneath the dark clouds
Looking for the rain
Looking for the rain

Just like the cities staggered on the coastline
Living in a nation that just can't stand much more
Like the forest buried beneath the highway
Never had a chance to grow
Never had a chance to grow

And now it's winter
Winter in America
Yes and all of the healers have been killed
Or sent away, yeah
But the people know, the people know
It's winter
Winter in America
And ain't nobody fighting
'Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your soul, Lord knows
From Winter in America

The Constitution
A noble piece of paper
With free society
Struggled but it died in vain
And now Democracy is ragtime on the corner
Hoping for some rain
Looks like it's hoping
Hoping for some rain

And I see the robins
Perched in barren treetops
Watching last-ditch racists marching across the floor
But just like the peace sign that vanished in our dreams
Never had a chance to grow
Never had a chance to grow

And now it's winter
It's winter in America
And all of the healers have been killed
Or betrayed
Yeah, but the people know, people know
It's winter, Lord knows
It's winter in America
And ain't nobody fighting
Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your souls
From Winter in America

And now it's winter
Winter in America
And all of the healers done been killed or sent away
Yeah, and the people know, people know
It's winter
Winter in America
And ain't nobody fighting
Cause nobody knows what to save
And ain't nobody fighting
Cause nobody knows, nobody knows
And ain't nobody fighting
Cause nobody knows what to save

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  1. Mgrdichian says:

    “And now Democracy is ragtime on the corner”

    viva le Ragtime au coin de la rue

  2. Wow! You can find em, Paul. Beautiful and poignant.

  3. Beluga perform 1,2,3,4 @ Spike Hill
    just before i am cut offf…

  4. and i am just a
    small person..
    living on very
    small…island in Denmark..Bornholm.

    just wake up..
    ALL of you.

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