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You Can't Let Little Children Starve to Death

Bill McAdoo
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Album "Bill McAdoo Sings, Volume II", Folkways Records

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Nel 1960 il governatore della Louisiana Jimmie Davis, un ex cantante country noto per la sua insofferenza verso l'integrazione razziale, varò una legge in "difesa della famiglia tradizionale", una legge che finiva col negare ogni aiuto ed assistenza ai nuclei familiari più poveri, dove spesso i figli erano illegittimi, o alle madri sole. Siccome poi la povertà più estrema colpiva la comunità nera, quel provvedimento era una vera e propria legge razziale malcelata. Molto famiglie a Monroe, Shreveport e New Orleans cominciarono ed essere buttate fuori di casa e – come è accaduto anche nei mesi scorsi, protagoniste le famiglie che avevano perduto la casa in seguito alla crisi dei mutui – il governo federale dovette intervenire per sfamare i propri cittadini, brutalizzati dalle misure irresponsabili adottate da uno Stato...

Posto questa canzone perchè mi fa venire in mente berlusconiani, leghisti, democristi & vari fascisti nostrani quando invocano la "Sacra Famiglia" e quando volentieri sbatterebbero fuori dalle scuole materne ed elementari i bambini figli di immigrati irregolari...
In the state of Louisiana,
In the town of New Orleans,
Governor Davis has committed the biggest crime,
That the states have ever seen.

You can't let little children starve to death
You can't let little children starve to death
Tell the state of Louisiana
Where the Jim Crow banners fly;
You can't let little children starve to death.

He dropped thirty-thousand Negro children
From the welfare rolls just the other day.
He said the children have no fathers,
And the mothers have to pay.

You can't let little children starve to death
You can't let little children starve to death
Tell the state of Louisiana
Where the Jim Crow banners fly;
You can't let little children starve to death.

Now the children have no food to eat,
No roof over their heads.
Governor Davis has made it a crime to be black,
And to be born into this world.

You can't let little children starve to death
You can't let little children starve to death
Tell the state of Louisiana
Where the Jim Crow banners fly;
You can't let little children starve to death.

Have you seen little children starve to death;
Have you heard than beg and cry.
Have you seen helpless mothers out in the wind and the rain,
Watch their hungry children die.

You can't let little children starve to death
You can't let little children starve to death
Tell the state of Louisiana
Where the Jim Crow banners fly;
You can't let little children starve to death.

I‘ll tell you what makes Mr. Davis so mad.
I'll tell you what he don't like.
He's taking revenge on my people down there
Because they're fighting for their rights.

You can't let little children starve to death
You can't let little children starve to death
Tell the state of Louisiana
Where the Jim Crow banners fly;
You can't let little children starve to death.

I'm going to sing this song all over this land.
I want the whole wide world to know.
That murder is just another nord,
For United States Jim Crow!

You can't let little children starve to death
You can't let little children starve to death
Tell the state of Louisiana
Where the Jim Crow banners fly;
You can't let little children starve to death.

Contributed by Alessandro - 2010/3/24 - 15:19



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