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The White Man

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lyrics

[Lena Horne]

The man is the employer
and the man was usually a white man,
a white employer

The man is a sheriff in Mississippi
The man is a cop in Harlem… white
He could be negro, because even though he's negro
the man who's the head of his police department is
the white man

I knew as soon as I said that I shouldn't have without… explaining it

My father was a number banker
He was a negro man who to survive… hustled
and in the sense of hustling and a negro man
it means that often times if you were educated and able to get a job
the most menial
and that was all you had to hold
you didn't want to do that
and you didn't want to work for someone
who had less talent, less brains than you
so you risked your life
you laid your life down on the line

You were a hustler
you worked with, in many times, criminal attitudes
It took a lot of guts
and on the one hand you chose that
rather than have the man make a slave of you

The choice wasn't very wide
you could be a whore or a cook
or you could struggle and be a teacher
but on the whole in New York
a little corrupt, a little cynical
you were more apt to be a whore if you couldn't make it
and if you were a young, cute, negro kid
than be a teacher, especially if you hadn't had the education
of being a teacher
and especially if your parents had no money to make you anything else

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from Fold, released November 2, 2015

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