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This song is performed by Gil Scott-Heron.
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Well I'm feeling fine
I could've been doing time.
Well, I'm doing fine, thank you,
but I could've been pulling time.

I know a brother man doing time,
and he didn't commit no crime.
So, thank you, I'm doing fine,
cuz I could've been pulling time.

I've been painting a picture of Angola, Louisiana
pictures of deals in back alleys where politicians often hide
But it's much more important to me than Angola, Louisiana
Got a lot to do with justice but more with Gary Tyler's life
I got a letter from his mother (that) said,
"Please! Say somethin' to my son."
Truth is: Angola, Louisiana, you're the one.

I ain't never been nowhere near Angola, Louisiana.
Down in St. Charles Parish where the sun won't go alone.
But injustice is not confined to Angola, Louisiana.
It can walk in your livin' room
as long as it surrounds your home.
I send love to brother Tyler, but after all is said and done;
Truth is: Angola, Louisiana, you're the one.

I can't tell a man not to defend himself,
not at this late stage.
I can't tell a man he got no rights, nowhere,
not in this day and age.
This song may not touch a whole lot of people
persuaded by the truth,
but take a look at what's goin' on, people,
'cause this all could happen to you.

I've been painting a picture of Angola, Louisiana
Down in St. Charles Parish, where the sun won't go alone
But injustice is not confined to Angola, Louisiana
Well, it can be in your living room
Brother Tyler, hold on, be strong, you're not alone!
I got a letter from his mother that said,
"Please, say something to my son!"
Truth is: Angola, Louisiana, you're the one.
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