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A Rumblin' and a Rollin' Lyrics
A Rumblin' and a Rollin' Song Lyrics
You hear a rumblin' and a rollin'?
It's comin' down from the North.
It's comin' up through the ground,
And it's a funny ol' sound,
'Cause it's a rumblin' and a rollin'!
And I bet I know why -
See 'em on the train,
See 'em on the bus -
They never cared much about folks like us!
But now they're gonna pay attention.
Sure they gonna ask, "Why? Why? Why?"
They gonna say, "I don't know what,
I don't know how!"
Well, they are gonna find out now.
They're gonna pay attention.
They gonna yell, "Set that man free!"
Well, they sure ain't talkin' 'bout me.
Now there's a rumblin' and a rollin'
Here come the Yankee Brigade!
They gonna come through this town -
We better keep our heads down:
RILEY AND NEWT LEE
We better start mumblin' and shufflin':
We better polish our smiles.
Old Black Joe at your service,
Won't do nothin' that'll make you nervous.
Won't do nothin' worth a look or a mention
And they won't never pay attention!
They never say, "My! My! My!"
They gonna say, "Bring me my boots!"
"Bring me my tea!"
I betcha thought the slaves were free:
Mister Frank, good for you.
Lotta folks comin' to get you through.
Mister Frank, ain't that grand?
Lotta folks comin' to take a stand.
Mister Frank, knock on wood.
It ain't gonna do you no goddamn good!
I can tell you this, as a matter of fact,
That the local hotels wouldn't be so packed
If a little black girl had gotten attacked.
NEWT LEE, RILEY AND ANGELA
Go on, go on, go on, go on:
They're comin', they're comin' now, yessirree!
'Cause a white man gonna get hung, you see.
CONLEY, RILEY AND NEWT LEE
There's a black man swingin' in ev'ry tree
But they don't never pay attention!
They never say, "Why? Why? Why?"
But if a Yankee boy flies:
ANGELA AND CONLEY
They gonna pay attention!
They gonna yell "Set that man free!"
CONLEY (singing a snatch of "Camptown Races" as he goes back to his nap)
Dee dee dee dee dee dee dee:
NEWT LEE, RILEY AND ANGELA
Oh, there'll be a rumblin' and a rollin', yeah:
There'll be a rumblin' and a rollin', yeah:
Parade Song List
›The Old Red Hills of Home
›The Dream of Atlanta
›How Can I Call This Home
›The Picture Show
›Leo at Work/What Am I Waiting For?
›Funeral: There Is a Fountain/It Don't Make Sense
›Real Big News
›You Don't Know This Man
›The Trial: People of Atlanta
›Twenty Miles from Marietta
›The Factory Girls/Come up to My Office
›My Child Will Forgive Me
›That's What He Said
›It's hard to speak my heart
›Summation & Cakewalk
›A Rumblin' and a Rollin'
›Do it Alone
›Letter to the Governor
›This Is Not Over Yet
›Feel the Rain Fall
›Where Will You Stand When the Flood Comes?
›All the Wasted Time