Chapter Three

LOOK WHAT THEY DONE
TO MARTIN'S SONG

[ to the tune "Look What They Done To My Song" by Melanie Safka ]


                        Look what they done to your song, Martin
                        Look what they done to your song
                        Well, they turned our insides upside down
                        Made America come out all wrong, now
                        Look what they done to your song

                        Look what they done to our earth, Martin
                        Look what they done to our earth
                        Well, they filled it full of poverty and woe
                        Made death more attractive than birth, now
                        Look what they done to our earth

                        Look what they done to our land, Martin
                        Look what they done to our land
                        Well, they let the poor die in the street
                        And give the rich man a hand, now
                        Look what they done to our land

                        Look what they done to our city, Martin
                        Look what they done to our city
                        Well, they covered it in a big brown cloud
                        And it really doesn't look too pretty, now
                        Look what they done to our city

                        Look what they done to our jail, Martin
                        Look what they done to our jail
                        Well, they lock the Civil Rights friend away
                        And let the murderer out on bail, now
                        Look what they done to our jail

                        Look what they done to our church, Martin
                        Look what they done to our church
                        Well, they forgot about the sick and poor
                        And dedicated it to John Birch, now
                        Look what they done to our church

                        Look what they done to our school, Martin
                        Look what they done to our school
                        Well, they give our kids no reason to learn
                        They forgot the golden rule, now
                        Look what they done to our school

                        Look what they done to our kids, Martin
                        Look what they done to our kids
                        Well, they light their brain with a tv screen
                        Sell their souls for the highest bids, now
                        Look what they done to our kids

                        Maybe it'll all be okay, Martin
                        Maybe it'll all be okay
                        If we forget about hate and learn to love
                        There may be peace some day, oh
                        Maybe it'll all be okay

                        Look what they done to your dream, Martin
                        Look what they done to your dream
                        Well, they took everything you died for
                        Sold it out to the Wall Street scheme, now
                        Look what they done to your dream

                        Look what they done to our song, Martin
                        Oh, look what they done to our song
                        They took our tragic '60's tale
                        And made it seven times as long, oh Martin
                        Look what they done to our song. . .


Human Rights Watch

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies


DEDICATED TO:  Harry Belefonte and Andrew Young, who have for a great many years and continue to, march along the straight and narrow path of Human Rights, Social Justice and peace.  (Note:  If Secretary of State Colin Powell doesn't like being compared to a "slave in the master's house", perhaps it would behoove him to stop acting like one.)



           


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