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Why Them, Why Me

Abdullah
Lingua: Inglese


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Very rare Motown Records (Soul)
Producer -- Frank Wilson, Henry Cosby
Written-By -- Abdullah
Soul ‎-- S-35051
7", 45 RPM
US - 1968

Lyrics from Genius

I Comma Zimba Zio / Why Them, Why Me - Spanish edition
I Comma Zimba Zio / Why Them, Why Me - Spanish edition


The song "Why Them, Why Me" was released by Abdullah on Soul (# S 35051), a subsidiary of Motown Records, for blues and R&B (1964-1978). The b-side "I Comma Zimba Zio" was a strong civil rights, African-American militant song, evoking Africa and the fight for freedom. Born Joseph McLean, he changed his name as a follower of Elijah Muhammad, a self-proclaimed black Muslim nationalist. He apparently fell out with Motown's Ralph Seltzer in a racial confrontation, hence only one single on Motown. It is fairly difficult to transcribe, but clearly it is narrated from the perspective of a soldier on "the shores of Vietnam", who was "fighting and dying". Vietnam War Song Project
The evening that she rising
No she's risen oh so high
The waves the bodies blow
In the new day sky

Oh tell me why them (Why them), oh mama why me

I'ma fighting and I'm dying right here (Help)
Got all the help up on my ear (Oh mama)
And I came to thinking die way over there

Why them, oh mama why me
Oh

There's a waves she is a coming
And she's raging in the sea
From the shores of eve at night
Do not open clear, oh tell me

Why them (Why them), oh mama why me
I'ma hurting and I'm dying right here (Help)
With all the help upon my ear (Oh mama)
And I came to thinking
I'ma way up over there
Oh
Sha do shoobe doo oh shoobe doo
Sha do shoobe doo oh shoobe doo
Sha do shoobe doo oh shoobe doo

There's a ship she is a comin'
And your whole world turns to sea
And you stand on the shores and ask
Is she coming for you or me?
And the long time silent voices will finally climb

Why, why them
(Sha do shoobe doo oh shoobe doo)
Why them, oh mama why me
(Sha do shoobe doo oh shoobe doo)
Why them
(Sha do shoobe doo oh shoobe doo)
Oh mama why me
(Sha do shoobe doo oh shoobe doo)
Why them
(Sha do shoobe doo oh shoobe doo)
Oh mama why me
(Sha do shoobe doo oh shoobe doo)

7/12/2020 - 23:23



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