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Tulsa Riot
© 2001 David Anderson & John Eddy
Moccasin Telegraph Music ASCAP

NORTH TULSA WAS A PROMISED LAND FOR CHEROKEES AND BLACKS
RESENTMENT GREW AND GREW FROM ACROSS THE TRACKS
A BLACK MAN TRIED TO GET ON AN ELEVATOR
IT PROB'LY WOULD HAVE HAPPENED SOONER OR LATER
HE MIGHT HAVE TOUCHED THE ARM OF THE OPERATOR
NOBODY KNOWS FOR SURE
THINGS GOT HOT THEN THINGS GOT QUIET
NOBODY TALKS ABOUT THE TULSA RIOT

NEXT DAY HE WAS ARRESTED AND THE WHITES EXPLODED
THEY MOVED HIM TO THE COURT HOUSE WHERE THE GUNS WERE LOADED
THIRTY-FIVE SQUARE BLOCKS MARKED THE NORTH SIDE OF TOWN
NITROGLYCERINE BOMBS BURNED IT TO THE GROUND
NATIONAL GUARD TURNED IT UPSIDE DOWN
NOBODY SAID A WORD

THINGS GOT HOT THEN THINGS GOT QUIET
YOU CAN'T READ A WORD ABOUT THE TULSA RIOT

NOTHING IN THE HISTORY BOOKS TO READ ABOUT
THE PAGES ARE MISSING POLICE RECORDS ARE GONE
TULSA BURNING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
NOBODY KNOWS IT HAPPENED AND LIFE GOES ON

EIGHTY YEARS HAVE PASSED AND IT'S STILL THE SAME
LET ME SEE YOUR FACE LET ME HEAR YOUR NAME
HUNDREDS KILLED AND WOUNDED THOSE ARE THE FACTS
HUNDREDS STARTED WALKING UP THE RAILROAD TRACKS
START OVER WITH NOTHING WORSE IF YOU TURN BACK
NOBODY TALKS AT ALL

'CAUSE THINGS GOT HOT THEN THINGS GOT QUIET
IT'S TIME EVERYBODY HEARD ABOUT THE TULSA RIOT


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