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Prince protest songs
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Afield Negro
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Prince was close friends with Dr Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, and he also loved and studied black historian Dr. John Henrik Clarke. Prince put a socially conscious message in his songs. This is a song that he did with Dr. Cornel West. Prince wrote this song and he's singing it.



These are the words to that song.

What's wrong with the world today?
Things just got to get better
Show me what the leader's say
Maybe we should write a letter

Said dear Mr. Man, we don't understand
Why poor people keep struggling
But you don't lend a helping hand
Matthew 5: 5 say, "The meek shall inherit the Earth"
We gonna be down that way
But you been trippin' since a day of your birth

Who said that to kill is a sin
Then started every single war that your people been in?
Who said that water is a precious commodity
Then dropped a big, old, black oil slick in the deep blue sea?

Who told me, Mr. Man, that working round the clock
Would buy me a big house in the hood, cigarette ads on every block?
Who told me, Mr. Man, that I got a right to moan?
How about this big old hole in the ozone?

What's wrong with the world today?
Things just got to get better
Dear Mr. Man, we don't understand
Maybe we should write a letter, yeah, so look

Listen, ain't no sense in voting, same song with a different name
Might not be in the back of the bus but it sure feel just the same
Ain't nothing fair about welfare, ain't no assistance in aids
We ain't that affirmative about your actions till the people get paid

Your thousand years are up, now you gotta share the land
Section 1, the 14th Amendment says
"No state shall deprive any person of life
Liberty or property, without due process of law"
Mr. Man, we want to end this letter with three words
We tired a-y'all

Tired, tired
Said we're tired, we're tired
Dear Mr. Man
Hey, what's wrong, wrong with the present day?
Man, just gotta get better
Dear Mr. Man

Writer(s): Prince Rogers Nelson


This is another powerful song by Prince called When Will We Be Paid. In this song Prince talks about how black people picked cotton and built America as slaves, and then he ask the question when will we be paid?



This is another protest song by prince, he speaks about slave plantations and the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. This song is called Dreamer.



These are the words to that song.

I was born, raised on a slave plantation
In the United States, of the red, white and blue
Never knew that I was different, till Dr. King was on a balcony
Lyin' in a bloody pool
I expected so much more from a loving
A loving, loving society
A truthful explanation, you know what
I got another, another conspiracy

If it was just a dream, listen, call me, call me a dreamer too

With more rewards and accolades, then anyone before or after
21st century, oh what a shame, what a shame
Race, race still matters
A race to what, and where we going
We in the same boat, but I'm the only one rowing

Last time I checked, you were sleeping, but you can call me a dreamer too
(What's up with this)

Peanut butter logic, served on a bed of lies
Don't go down too easy, when you've seen your father cry
Have you ever clutched the steering wheel in your car too tight
Praying that police sirens just pass you by that night
While the helicopter circles us, this theory's getting deep
Think they're spraying chemicals over the city
While we sleep

Come on, I'm staying awake
you can call me a dreamer too
(Ahhh, I got one eye open for these devils)

(Wake up, wake up)
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U Thant
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Dude. This is one of your best posts.

I keep up with Dr. Cornel West enough to even had once purchased a hip-hop album he recorded, still...I had no knowledge of this Prince song. thx

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Afield Negro
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You are welcome Ethos.
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Miami
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That's a powerful song.
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U Thant
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Afield Negro
Apr 22 2016, 11:48 AM
You are welcome Ethos.
Cool.
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Cassidy

Prince put it down real strong in that song.
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Nat Turner
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Those songs showed that Prince was concerned about the condition of black people.
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Muhammad
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All of those songs are powerful.
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New York
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Thank you Prince.
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Truth95
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The message in those songs are right on point.
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