For the umpteenth time I been
try’n to tell you
today and tomorrow
how we had to beg steal n borrow
for so long damn long
to right this wrong
to make you understand
Garland had brought ole Abe’s command
to make you see the writing on the wall
that proclamation on the wall, y’all
that proclamation that sent out the call
Abrahamic exclamation that say stop to end it all.
Put an end to it yall!
For the umpteeth time, I say I say I say
Hey! bodies of enslaved people used
bodies whipped, scarred and abused
for more chattel
until the umpteenth generation
from away back there in Africa nation
and along the way in honky miscegenation
even unto Haitian liberation
and later Haley’s imagination
implanted in roots of captivity
bearing fruits of productivity
through blood and sweat and tears
with underground railroad gears
in defiance of mason-dixon fears.
Yet two and a half years after the fact
the end of slavery became at last an act
announced belatedly to Texas blacks
in spite of obstructive Texas rangers
at Galveston by Major General Granger
when he brought news of emancipation
of Abe’s neglected proclamation
way back there on June 19th, 1865.
Now it was time for blacks to thrive
‘though we be say’n it for the umpteenth time
folk didn’t know it ’til that Juneteenth sign
when Granger say You now be free
cuz You been free since ’63!