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GIL SCOTT-HERON lyrics : "The Bottle"

See that black boy over there, runnin' scared
his ol' man's in a bottle.
He done quit his 9 to 5 to drink full time

so now he's livin' in the bottle.
See that Black boy over there, runnin' scared
his ol' man got a problem

Pawned off damn near everything, his ol'
woman's weddin' ring for a bottle.
And don't you think it's a crime

when time after time, people in the bottle.

See that sista, sho wuz fine before she

started drinkin' wine
from the bottle.
Said her ol' man committed a crime

and he's doin' time,
so now she's in the bottle.
She's out there on the avenue, all by herself

sho' needs help from the bottle.
Preacherman tried to help her out,
she cussed him out and hit him in the head with a bottle.

And don't you think it's a crime
when time after time, people in the bottle.


See that gent in the wrinkled suit
he done damn near blown his cool
to the bottle

He wuz a doctor helpin' young girls along
if they wuzn't too far gone to have problems.
But defenders of the dollar eagle

Said "What you doin', Doc, it ain't legal,"
and now he's in the bottle.
Now we watch him everyday tryin' to

chase the pigeons away
from the bottle.
And don't you think it's a crime

when time after time, people in the bottle.

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