America ... – Reimagined by Naimah Thomas and inspired by Nina Simone

Naimah Thomas | 28 January, 2021

America Goddam – Reimagined by Naimah Thomas and inspired by Nina Simone's Mississippi, written and preformed by the legendary Nina Simone. Simone coined this song as her first civil rights anthem in 1964. I was inspired to respond to the events that took place at the Capitol January 6, 2021, during a writing workshop. 

 

 

America Goddam!

I mean every word of it

While America continues to make a show of it

With your skin, always devoid of melanin

 

America’s gotten bold with it

America’s losing control of it

Everybody knows it’s America’s undoing goddam

 

Can’t you see it

Can you feel it

It’s in the air…the virus is in the air

We can’t stand for your treachery under pressure

Under fear that the time is near, to reckon with stories told

Of Black bodies sold

Somebody say a prayer

 

America’s gotten bold with it

America’s losing control of it

Everybody knows it’s America’s undoing goddam

 

This revolution will be televised…it is being televised

The script is being written, yet

Change is on their tales

Eventually they will fail

 

Blackness coming across every path

America it’s your past…this is your past

Lord have mercy on this land of yours…never quite mine

You will get yours and I will get mine

 

I belong here…I make this country great…again and again

I belong here…because I don’t belong there

Lord have mercy on this land of yours…never quite mine

 

Don’t tell me to breath, when your knee is on me

I tell you, I know what is due…to me, cause you lied and said I was free

 

You keep saying go slow

You keep saying so so

You keep saying keep the hope

You keep saying stay afloat

You keep saying nope nope

 

Where are you going? Away?

Where are you going? Home?

 

Stand up, Stand Strong, Stay…

We continue to do our best…we continue to outperform the rest

Stand up, Stand Strong, Stay…

 

For everybody knows, America’s goddam

Voter lines, suppression crimes, are beyond what is divine.

YOU LIED…

The home of the free…you gotta be kidding me.

YOU LIED…

YOU LIED…

YOU LIED…means I die

I died because you lied

Blackness coming across every path

America it’s your past…this is your past

 

America goddamn

America goddamn

America goddamn

 

- Naimah Thomas 1/20/2021