Whitey on the Moon

Gil Scott-Heron

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Gil Scott-Heron

Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and '80s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was "bluesologist", which he defined as "a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues." His music, most notably on Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. more »


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1988
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A rat done bit my sister Nell. 
(with Whitey on the moon) 
Her face and arms began to swell. 
(and Whitey's on the moon) 

I can't pay no doctor bill. 
(but Whitey's on the moon) 
Ten years from now I'll be payin' still. 
(while Whitey's on the moon) 

The man jus' upped my rent las' night. 
('cause Whitey's on the moon) 
No hot water, no toilets, no lights. 
(but Whitey's on the moon) 

I wonder why he's uppi' me? 
('cause Whitey's on the moon?) 
I was already payin' 'im fifty a week. 
(with Whitey on the moon) 
Taxes takin' my whole damn check, 
Junkies makin' me a nervous wreck, 
The price of food is goin' up, 
An' as if all that shit wasn't enough

A rat done bit my sister Nell. 
(with Whitey on the moon) 
Her face an' arm began to swell. 
(but Whitey's on the moon) 

Was all that money I made las' year 
(for Whitey on the moon?) 
How come there ain't no money here? 
(Hm! Whitey's on the moon) 
Y'know I jus' 'bout had my fill 
(of Whitey on the moon) 
I think I'll sen' these doctor bills, 
Airmail special 
(to Whitey on the moon)

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Written by: GIL SCOTT-HERON

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