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George Jackson by Bob Dylan

George Jackson was shot dead by prison guards on this day in 1971. This is the song Bob Dylan wrote on hearing the news.

George Jackson

I woke up this mornin’
There were tears in my bed
They killed a man I really loved
Shot him through the head
Lord, Lord
They cut George Jackson down
Lord, Lord
They laid him in the ground

Sent him off to prison
For a seventy-dollar robbery
Closed the door behind him
And they threw away the key
Lord, Lord
They cut George Jackson down
Lord, Lord
They laid him in the ground

He wouldn’t take shit from no one
He wouldn’t bow down or kneel
Authorities, they hated him
Because he was just too real
Lord, Lord
They cut George Jackson down
Lord, Lord
They laid him in the ground

Prison guards, they cursed him
As they watched him from above
But they were frightened of his power
They were scared of his love.
Lord, Lord,
So they cut George Jackson down.
Lord, Lord,
They laid him in the ground.

Sometimes I think this whole world
Is one big prison yard
Some of us are prisoners
The rest of us are guards
Lord, Lord
They cut George Jackson down
Lord, Lord
They laid him in the ground

Copyright © 1971 by Ram’s Horn Music; renewed 1999 by Ram’s Horn Music

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One thought on “George Jackson by Bob Dylan

  1. Yes!!! We miss comrade-brother George Jackson so very deeply. George, Bobby Sands, and so many others remain an inspiration to all conscious and justice-loving people on Mother Earth. THANK YOU 107cowgate for remembering George Jackson!!!The struggle continues….
    Larry Pinkney
    Editorial Board Member & Columnist
    Associate Editor

    Posted by Larry Pinkney | August 21, 2013, 9:27 PM

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Founding member of James Connolly Society. Editor at 107 Cowgate. Currently editing Neither King Nor Kaiser, a collection of the WW1 writings of James Connolly and John Maclean.

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