LYRICS


Lewis

by Tianna Esperanza

 

 

[Verse 1]

Now this song is

about a man named

Lewis.

Lewis H. Michaux to

be exact.

Now Lewis owned a

little bookstore in

Harlem.

And one day while

he was sitting in

his bookstore,

Some black boys

came in with their

fists up screaming,

“black power black

power!”.

 

He said, "look sons I’d like to

straighten you out."

He said, "black is beautiful but

black ain’t power,

Knowledge is power."

 

[Chorus]

Cuz you can be as black as a crow,

You can be as white as snow,

But if you don’t know,

And you ain’t got no dough,

You can’t go and that’s for sho’.

 

[Verse 2]

Now Lewis also said that when the

white man landed here he brought

two weapons

One was the bible and the other

was the gun

If he didn’t humble you with the

Bible,

He crumbled you with the gun.

And they’re still praising the

Lord,

And passing ammunition all over

the world.

 

[Chorus]

So you can be as black as a crow,

You can be as white as snow,

But if you don’t know,

And you ain’t got no dough,

You can’t go and that’s for sho’.

 

So as I was listening to Lewis’

words,

I thought a couple of my own:

 

[Verse 3]

The human collective strives to be

connected

Our minds strive the respect of

intellect

Our souls; no regret

Our bodies; the joy of no neglect.

We are constrained by societal

norms,

Born with individuality to only

conform,

And the cycle goes on in sync.

 

So I think what Lewis is trying to

say here is,

Live life, love life, and be smart.

Take your piece, don’t play your

part.

 

[Chorus]

Cuz you can be as black as a crow,

You can be as white as snow,

But if you don’t know,

And you ain’t got no dough,

You can’t go and that’s for sho’.