Black People : When Will We B Paid? - Prince

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When will we b paid
For the work we've done?
When will we b paid
For the work we've done?

[Verse 1:]
We fought in your wars in every land
To keep this country free, y'all
For women, children and men
But every time
We ask for pay or a loan
That's when everything seems to turn out wrong

We been beat up
Called names
Shot down and stoned
Every time we do right
Somebody say we're wrong

[Chorus:]
Tell me
When will we b paid
For the work we've done
When will we b paid
For the work we've done

[Verse 2:]
Listen
We worked this country
From shore to shore
Our women cooked all your food
And washed all your clothes

We picked cotton
And laid the railroad steel
Worked our hands
Down to the bone at your lumber mill

[Chorus:]
Tell me
When will we b paid
For the work we've done?
When will we b paid
For the work we've done?

[Bridge:]
Will we ever be proud of
"My country, tis of thee"?
Will we ever sing out loud
"Sweet land of Liberty"?
When will we be paid
For the work we've done?

I wanna know
I wanna
I wanna
I wanna know
(When, when, when, when)

[Chorus:]
When will we b paid
For the work we've done?
When will we b paid
For the work we've done?

Why can't we b paid?
Oh, oh
When
When will we b paid?
We've given up our sweat
Now

And all of our tears
Stumbled through this life
For more than 300 years
I wanna know
The work we've done



(4 U Clyde)
 

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Got it oldsoul and thanks, it will be put to good use, just wish Prince would have flipped this [B-side] to [A-side] before dying.

Why Black folk seem to be scared of doing the right thing is beyond me, can you imagine if Prince were still live, we'd probably have Reparations by now ... Sorry for the rant, just my sincere feeling(s) :facepalm: Oh well, at least he did something for the Cause.


(4 U Clyde)


When will we b paid
For the work we've done?
When will we b paid
For the work we've done?

[Verse 1:]
We fought in your wars in every land
To keep this country free, y'all
For women, children and men
But every time
We ask for pay or a loan
That's when everything seems to turn out wrong

We been beat up
Called names
Shot down and stoned
Every time we do right
Somebody say we're wrong

[Chorus:]
Tell me
When will we b paid
For the work we've done
When will we b paid
For the work we've done

[Verse 2:]
Listen
We worked this country
From shore to shore
Our women cooked all your food
And washed all your clothes

We picked cotton
And laid the railroad steel
Worked our hands
Down to the bone at your lumber mill

[Chorus:]
Tell me
When will we b paid
For the work we've done?
When will we b paid
For the work we've done?

[Bridge:]
Will we ever be proud of
"My country, tis of thee"?
Will we ever sing out loud
"Sweet land of Liberty"?
When will we be paid
For the work we've done?

I wanna know
I wanna
I wanna
I wanna know
(When, when, when, when)

[Chorus:]
When will we b paid
For the work we've done?
When will we b paid
For the work we've done?

Why can't we b paid?
Oh, oh
When
When will we b paid?
We've given up our sweat
Now

And all of our tears
Stumbled through this life
For more than 300 years
I wanna know
The work we've done


The publisher, Brain Child, doesn't quite get it though, its about Reparations not just appreciations:


Brain Child
Published on Jul 11, 2016

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"...the brain knows what it wants!" What it wants: a Prince song about the mistreatment and lack of appreciations for black people in the United States. Originally released 2001. Cover of Staple Singers song. Originally released 1971.

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