Only a Pawn in Their Game

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan ( /ˈdɪlən/; born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, poet and artist. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an in… more »

A bullet from the back of a bush
Took Medgar Evers' blood A finger fired the trigger to his name
A handle hid out in the dark
A hand set the spark Two eyes took the aim Behind a man's brain But he can't be blamed He's only a pawn in their game

A South politician preaches to the poor white man
"You got more than the blacks, don't complain You're better than them, you been born with white skin," they explain And the Negro's name
Is used, it is plain For the politician's gain
As he rises to fame
And the poor white remains
On the caboose of the train But it ain't him to blame He's only a pawn in their game

The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid
And the marshals and cops get the same
But the poor white man's used in the hands of them all like a tool
He's taught in his school From the start by the rule
That the laws are with him
To protect his white skin
To keep up his hate
So he never thinks straight 'Bout the shape that he's in
But it ain't him to blame He's only a pawn in their game

From the poverty shacks, he looks from the cracks to the tracks And the hoofbeats pound in his brain And he's taught how to walk in a pack Shoot in the back
With his fist in a clinch To hang and to lynch To hide 'neath the hood
To kill with no pain
Like a dog on a chain He ain't got no name
But it ain't him to blame He's only a pawn in their game

Today, Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught They lowered him down as a king
But when the shadowy sun sets on the one
That fired the gun
He'll see by his grave On the stone that remains Carved next to his name
His epitaph plain
Only a pawn in their game

Written by: BOB DYLAN


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