Grand Pop

Darien Martus

Black Smoke

03:39
Darien Martus
03/17/2010
Music and Lyrics by Darien Martus, ASCAP

Story

True.  Autobiographical.

Lyrics

15 year old East Side Boy

Had seen it in the papers

Now he wants to see it for himself

With his brothers and his curiosity

He climbs the high school smokestack

13 miles away

The West Side is on fire

15 year old feet

Dangle down the chimney

Nothing there to see just

Black, black, black

White hands grab the lighting rods

“Will it reach to the East Side?

It’s getting way too close

We can see it from here”

Black smoke

Rising in the distance

Black smoke

Now it’s violent resistance

Black smoke

And in this circumstance

Peaceful disobedience

Doesn’t stand a chance

11 year old East Side Boy

Marching with his mother, singing:

“We shall overcome”

He saw it in the faces

He heard it in the song

When it comes to injustice

4 years is too long

Black smoke

Rising in the distance

Black smoke

Now it’s violent resistance

Black smoke

And in this circumstance

Peaceful disobedience

Doesn’t stand a chance

4 years is too long

Black smoke

Rising in the distance

Black smoke

Now it’s violent resistance

Black smoke

And in this circumstance

Peaceful disobedience

Doesn’t stand a chance

Black, black, black, black smoke

Rising in the distance

Black smoke

Now it’s violent resistance

Black smoke

And in this circumstance

Peaceful disobedience

Doesn’t stand a chance

"We shall overcome"