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THE WARDEN SAID TO ME THE OTHER DAY
The warden said to me the other day
(innocently, I think), "Say, etheridge,
why come the black boys don't run off
like the white boys do?"
I lowered my jaw and scratched my head
and said (innocently, I think), "Well, suh,
I ain't for sure, but I reckon it's cause
we ain't got no where to run to."
Written by Etheridge Knight (1931-1991)
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