Free and Equal Blues (Josh White) I went down to that St. James Infirmary I saw some plasma there I up'd and asked that doctor man Now was the donor dark or fair The doctor laughed a great big laugh And he puffed it right in my face He says, "A molecule is a molecule son, And the damn thing has no race." And that was news, yes that was news That was very very very special news 'Cause ever since that day we've had those Free and equal blues I never knew that in a plasma Test tube there could be White man, black man, yellow man, red, Well, that's just what that doctor said, So he put down his doctor book And he gave me a very scientific look And spoke out plain and clear and rational, and said, "Metabolism's international" And that was news, that was news That was very very very special news 'Cause ever since that day we've had those Free and equal blues Then he rigged up his microscope with some royal blue blood It was the same as Chun King-(?Moscow?)-Chatanooga-Timbuktu blood Those men think they know the corpuscle's global And international racial supremacy Flying in the face of old man chemistry, Taking all the facts and trying to twist 'em But you can't overthrow the circulatory system And that was news, that was news That was very very very special news 'Cause ever since that day we've had those Free and equal blues So I stayed at that St. James Infirmary I couldn't leave that place, it was too interesting So I said to that doc, "Give me some more of that "scientific talk" talk And he did, He said, "Melt yourself down into a crucible, Pour yourself out into a test tube and what have you got? 35 cubic feet of gas, that's the same for the upper and lower class" Well, I let that pass Carbon, 22 pounds 10 ounces, (? ?) Carbon, 22 pounds 10 ounces, Iron, seven grains; not enough to keep a man in chains 50 ounces of phosphorous, whether your poor or prosperous, Hey buddy, can you spare a match (?The same?) for all nations Then you take 22 teaspoons of sodium cloride, that's salt, You add 38 quarts of H20, that's water Mix two ounces of lime, a pinch(? ?) of potash, a drop of magnesia, a bit of sulphur, a soup'con of hydrochloric acid And you stir it all up and what are you? You're a walkin' drugstore. An international metabolistic cartel." And that was news, that was news That was very very very special news So listen you African, Indian, Mexican, Mongolian, Tyrolean and Tartar The doctor's right behind the magna charter The doc's behind the new brotherhood of man As prescribed at Gettysburg, Iwo Jima, at Bull Run, and at Guadalcanal "Every man, every where is the same... when he got his skin off" And that's the news, that's the news That's the free and equal blues" Copyright Josh White XX "LYR Repair: Free and Equal Blues"
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