Did You Hear What They Said?

by 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,…




Did you hear what they said, 
Did you hear what they said, 
Did you hear what they said, 
They said another brother's dead, 
They said he's dead, but he can't be buried, 
They said he's dead, but he can't be buried, 
Come on, come on, come on, come on
This can't be real.

Did you hear what they said, 
Did you hear what they said, 
Did you hear what they said, 
They said, they shot him in his head, 
A shot in the head to save his country, 
A shot in the head to save his country, 
Come on, come on, come on, come on
This can't be real.

Did you hear what they said, 
Yeah did you hear what they said, 
Did you hear what they said, 
About his mother and how she cried, 
They said she cried, 'cause her only son was dead
They said she cried, 'cause her only son was dead
Woman, could you imagine if your only son was dead
And somebody told you, he couldn't be buried, 
Hey, hey, come on, come on, come on, come on
This can't be real.

Written by: BRIAN ROBERT JACKSON, GIL SCOTT-HERON

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