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Gil Scott-Heron - Blue Collar Lyrics

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  • I been down in Pennsylvania,
  • Where I was working in the mine.
  • And I been down in Cincinnati;
  • They laid me off the assembly line.
  • Yeah, they got me looking everywhere,
  • But I ain't too proud of what I found.
  • And you can't name where I ain't been down.
  • 'Cause there ain't no place I ain't been down.
  • I was down in Kansas City,
  • Where even the blues sell by the pound
  • And I been down in New York City, brother,
  • And that ain't no place to be down.
  • Yeah, I'm a-looking at the face of the children;
  • You see, we're looking for a higher ground,
  • And you can't name where we ain't been down.
  • 'Cause there ain't no place we ain't been down.
  • We fell down somewhere
  • Between the cities and the towns.
  • We went down, I know,
  • Between the smiles and the frowns.
  • And if they call me in the morning,
  • I mean, I'd recognize the sound,
  • 'Cause you can't name where we ain't been down.
  • There ain't no place we ain't been down.
  • Standing in the shadows
  • It sho'nuff (sure enough) looks like rain.
  • I see the steel-gray clouds above me
  • Yeah, well the anguish and the pain.
  • Yeah, I been looking everywhere for peace,
  • But I swear, there just ain't none around.
  • But you can't name where I ain't been down.
  • 'Cause there ain't no place I ain't been down.
  • We been down
  • Between the cities and the towns.
  • Yeah, been down somewhere
  • Between the smiles and the frowns.
  • And if they call me in the morning,
  • I mean, I'd recognize the sound,
  • 'Cause you can't name where I ain't been down.
  • There ain't no place I ain't been down.

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