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Dope – Amiri Baraka

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read by Amiri Baraka; Folkways, Before Columbus Foundation

uuuuuuuuuu uuu ray light morning fire lynch yet
uuuuuuu, yester-pain in dreams
comes again. race-pain, people our people

our people

everywhere . . . yeh . . . uuuuu, yeh

uuuuu. Yeh

our people

yes people

every people

most people

uuuuu, yeh uuuuu, most people

in pain

yester-pain, and pain today

(Screams) ooowow! ooowow! It must be

the devil

(jumps up like a claw stuck him) oooo

wow! oooowow! (screams)

It must be the devil

It must be the devil

it must be the devil

(shakes like evangelical sanctify

shakes tambourine like evangelical sanctify

in heat)

ooowow! ooowow! yeh, devil, yeh, devil


Must be the devil must be the devil

(waves plate like collection) mus is mus is

mus is

mus is be the devil, cain be rockefeller

(eyes roll

up batting, and jumping all the way around

to face the

other direction) caint be him, no lawd

aint be dupont, no lawd, cain be, no lawd

no way

noway, naw saw, no way jose — cain be

them rich folks

theys good to us theys good to us theys

good to us theys

good to us theys good to us, i know, the

massa tolt me

so, i seed it on channel 7, i seed it on

channel 9 i seed

it on channel 4 and 2 and 5. Rich folks

good to us

poor folks aint shit, hallelujah, hallelujah,

ooowow! oowow!

must be the devil, going to heaven after i

die, after we die

everything going to be different, after we die

we aint gon be

hungry, ain gon be pain, ain gon be sufferin

wont go thru this

again, after we die, after we die owooo!


after we die, its all gonna be good, have all

the money we

need after we die, have all the food we

need after we die

have a nice house like the rich folks, after

we die, after we die, after we

die, we can live like rev ike, after we die,

hallelujah, hallelujah, must be

the devil, it ain capitalism, it aint capitalism,

it aint capitalism,

naw it aint that, jimmy carter wdnt lie,

“lifes unfair” but it aint capitalism

must be the devil, owow! it ain the police,

jimmy carter wdnt lie, you

know rosalynn wdnt not lillian his

drunken racist brother aint no reflection

on jimmy, must be the devil got in im, i tell

you, the devil killed malcolm

and dr king too, even killed both kennedies,

and pablo neruda and overthrew

allende’s govt. killed lumumba, and is

negotiating with step and fetchit,

sleep n eat and birmingham, over there in

“Rhodesia”, goin’ under the name

ian smith, must be the devil, caint be vortser,

caint be apartheid, caint

be imperialism, jimmy carter wdnt lie, didnt

you hear him say in his state

of the union message, i swear on rosalynn’s

face-lifted catatonia, i wdnt lie

nixon lied, haldeman lied, dean lied, hoover

lied hoover sucked (dicks) too

but jimmy dont, jimmy wdnt jimmy aint lying,

must be the devil, put yr

money on the plate, must be the devil, in

heaven we’all all be straight

cain be rockefeller, he gave amos pootbootie a

scholarship to Behavior

Modification Univ, and Genevieve Almoswhite

works for his foundation

Must be niggers! Cain be Mellon, he gave

Winky Suckass, a fellowship in

his bank put him in charge of closing out

mortgages in the lowlife

Pittsburgh Hill nigger section, caint be him.

(Goes on babbling, and wailing, jerking

in pathocrazy grin stupor)

Yessuh, yessuh, yessuh, yessuh, yessuh, yes-

suh, yessuh, yessuh, yessuh, yessuh,

put yr money in the plate, dont be late, dont

have to wait, you gonna be in

heaven after you die, you gon get all you need

once you gone, yessuh, i heard

it on the jeffersons, i heard it on the rookies,

I swallowed it

whole on roots: wasn’t it nice slavery was so

cool and

all you had to do was wear derbies and vests

and train chickens and buy your

way free if you had a mind to, must be the

devil wasn’t no white folks,

lazy niggers chained theyselves and threw

they own black asses in the bottom

of the boats, [(well now that you mention it King

Assblackuwasi helped throw yr ass in

the bottom of the boat, yo mamma, wife, and

you never seed em no more)] must

a been the devil, gimme your money put your

money on this plate, heaven be here soon,

just got to die, just got to stop living, close yr

eyes stop

breathin and bammm-O heaven be here, you

have all a what you need, Bam-O

all a sudden, heaven be here, you have all you

need, that assembly line

you work on will dissolve in thin air owowoo!

owowoo! Just gotta die

just gotta die, this ol world aint nuthin, must be

the devil got you

thinkin so, it cain be rockefeller, it cain be mor-

gan, it caint be capitalism

it caint be national oppression owow! No Way!

Now go back to work and cool

it, go back to work and lay back, just a little

while longer till you pass

its all gonna be alright once you gone. gimme

that last bitta silver you got

stashed there sister, gimme that dust now broth-

er man, itll be ok on the

other side, yo soul be clean be washed pure

white, yes. yes. yes. owow.

now go back to work, go to sleep, yes, go to

sleep, go back to work, yes

owow. owow. uuuuuuuuuu, uuuuuuuuuuu,

uuuuuuuuuuu. yes, uuuuuuu. yes.


a men.

text from The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader