The Voice

by Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist who recorded with The Staple Singers, her family's band.




Lord, have mercy 
Bang! - A gunshot rings out 
13-year-old baby falls 2 the ground 
See the killer runnin' down the street 
Tell me killer, can you hear the sound? 

Tap, tap, tappin' on your window like a fallin' rain 
Cryin' like a baby in a cradle sayin' pick me up again 

Ching! - Mr. Politician goes on vacation 
Brings along a friend or 2 
In the disguise of taxes 
Mr. Politician (sends) sends the bill 2 you know who 

Tap, tap, tappin' on your window like a fallin' rain 
(Tappin' on my window like a fallin' rain) 
Cryin' like a baby in a cradle sayin' pick me up again 
(Cryin' like a baby, pick me up) 
Can't you hear the voice? (Oh yeah) 

The nightsticks are still singin' 
4-part harmony on brother's back 
Justice is doomed when we don't start no S-H 
And there's still some I-T in all of that 

Tap, tap, tappin' on your window like a fallin' rain 
(Can't you hear it tappin' like a fallin' rain fine-tune cryin' like a baby?) 
Cryin' like a baby in a cradle sayin' pick me up again 
(Pick me up, pick me up) 
I'm talkin' about the voice, y'all 

Ha, suky, suky now 
Sho'mon (Tap) 
Sho'mon (Tap) 
Help me here (Tap) 
Tappin' (Tap) 
Tappin', tappin', ha ha (Tap) 
Tap on it, tap on it (Tap) (Tap) 

Can't you see it's just dirty money? 
If your brother man is dyin' in the flow 
Take off these chains (Tap) (Tap) 
And listen 2 the voice callin' (Tap) 
We gotta go, gotta go (Tap) (Tap) 

Tap, tap, tappin' on your window like a fallin' rain 
(Oh yeah, like a fallin' rain) 
Cryin' like a baby in a cradle sayin' pick me up again 
(Cryin' like a baby, pick me up, pick me up) 

5-4-3-2-1, keep the war over (Tap) 
But how many want to keep the peace (Tap) (Tap) 
We keep buildin' guns when we could build love (Tap) 
(When we need 2 build love) 
'cause that's when the war will cease 

you know it, you know it (Tap) (Tap) 
Can't you hear the voices? (Tap) (Tap) 
Can't you hear the sound? (Tap) 
Take heed, get your house in order (Tap) 

Tap, tap, tappin' on your window like a fallin' rain 
(Tappin', tappin' like a.. like a fallin' rain) 
Cryin' like a baby in a cradle sayin' pick me up again 
(Cryin'' like a baby, pick me up, pick me up) 

Sighin' like a woman on fire 
When she's ready 4 some of your love 
(Born ready 4 all of your love) 
The voice is just a-steady-callin' 
(The voice is callin') 
Until you give in, until you give up

Written by: ANTHONY MOSLEY, . PRINCE (US 1), FRANCIS JULES, ROSIE GAINES

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