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Uncle Sam Wants YOU, Black Man

Uncle Sam wants YOU, black man
to keep our country free.
He'll promise higher education and travel
if you'll join the army, air force or navy.

You'll be sent to liberate other countries
freeing them from a tyrant's hold,
while US businessmen and politicians
strike it rich from that country's black gold.

You'll return home with injuries from battle
to find your life still in a rut,
and to your surprise you'll soon discover
your veterans benefits have been sharply cut.

But you'll continue to join the armed forces.
What other choice is there for the black man?
Who knew this was the future awaiting
descendants of Kings snatched from their homeland.

Written by Linda Hayes


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