Curtis Mayfield - Billy Jack Lyrics




Just out of Monday
Run into a friend
Down the street, down the street
Where I live
Ah! Ah! Sad things begin
I could feel from within
From the message
From the message
He had to give

'Bout a buddy of mine
Running out of time
His life's running out of time
Somebody past noon
Shot across the room
And now the man no longer lives

Too bad about him
Too sad about him
Don't get me wrong
The man is gone
But it's a wonder he lived this long

Up in the city they called him Boss Jack
But down home he was a alley cat
Ah! didn't care nothing about being black
Ah! Billy Jack

Can't be no fun
Can't be no fun
To be shot, shot with a hand gun
Body sprawled out, you without a doubt
Running people out, there on the floor

Ah! Ah! Bad bloody bloody mess
Shot all up in his chest
Shot all up in his chest
One sided duel, gun and a fool
What a way to go

Up in the city they called him Boss Jack
But down home he was a alley cat
Ah! Didn't care nothin' bout being Black
Ah, Ah, Billy Jack
Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!





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  1. Tim M.

    Was für ein geiler emotionaler Song

  2. DJ Sneaky Fly Ringleader Records Inc.

    I Bump at may feild now

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  4. Rene Alvarez

    what a bad ass jam that guitar is so out standing!

  5. hocinebagui

    Magnifique elle vient d'une autre galaxie cette musique

  6. ELEGANT MUSIC MOVEMENT

    Thanks.

  7. Breard Didier

    I can't say how I admire Curtis Mayfield! He was not only a genius but also a very good man with very big heart and soul.

  8. *BROTHER WOLF*

    Massage Music something this generation is robbed of.

  9. ChEF Doggie Dogg

    I LOVE TO HERE A COLD RAPPER REDO THIS SHIT, HOLA PUFF DADDY LOL JAY,Z RICK ROSS , GET THIS SHIT

  10. ChEF Doggie Dogg

    SHHHHIT, WHAT CAN I SAY, HES GODFATHER OF THE TELLIN JUST HOW THE FUCKIN STREETS IS, YEAH CHEF DOGGIE DOGG SAID IT, BETTER ASK SOMEBODY

  11. arthur g

    Damn that brother was another musical genius!

  12. Asa Faust

    Billy Jack. Sounding fantastic.

  13. Lynn Young

    Grate song live all of Curtis Music smart man song about the time we live in.

  14. Ed Quebe

    Curtis touches all hearts. What a messenger of love. We will always be blessed to have had him, and his vision, and his music.
    Best of the best.
    RIP Mr. Mayfeild.

  15. Dik Beats

    Legend. Without knowing him, I think he was a beautiful person.. Cool and super-fly. Underated guitarist too. multi instrumentalist and an inspiration to any musician.

  16. Johnny Harris

    Get hip to this pimpn

  17. arthur workman

    I've always imagined his songs turned into a motion picture like how they've done films about The Beetles and Bruce Springsteen. To see life through his eyes and vision. Now that would a movie to see. Between him and James Brown both grew up in hard times. Their lyrics speaks volumes about their lives. And the lives of others.

  18. DJ SMOOTH 139

    Cee-Lo Green - Fool For You.

  19. Wilhelm Poledna

    Grossartiger Sound für die Ewigkeit gemacht

  20. Tom Zielinski

    Roll Tide, Alabama ***

  21. Tashia Wilson

    Phillip Bailey remade this😍😍😍

  22. Chris Cox

    Deep in the sea .When will blacks get (SMH).

  23. sauquoit13456

    On this day in 1975 {June 7th} Curtis Mayfield performed "Billy Jack", "Jesus", and "When Seasons Change" on the nationally syndicated television program, 'Soul Train'...
    All three songs were from his 1975 studio album, 'There's No Place Like America Today', and on July 13th, 1975 the album peaked at #13 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart...
    Between 1970 and 1997 the Chicago native, as a solo artist, had thirty records on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, six made the Top 10 with his biggest hit being "Freddie's Dead", it peaked at #2* {for 2 weeks} in 1972...
    As a member of the Impressions he had twenty nine records on the Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Curtis Lee Mayfield passed away at the young age of 57 on December 26th, 1999...
    May both he and Don Cornelius {1936 - 2012} R.I.P.
    * For the two weeks that "Freddie's Dead" was at #2 on the Hot R&B Singles chart, the #1 record for both those weeks was "I'll Be Around" by the Spinners
    ...

  24. Galen Hubbard

    Hidden classic,and Philip Bailey brought it back🔥

  25. taino20

    Lyrics with thanks to Paul Fresnel
    Billy Jack


    Just out of Monday
    I run into a friend
    Down the street, down the street
    Where I live

    Sad things begin
    I could feel from within
    From the message, from the message
    He had to give

    About a buddy of mine
    He run out of time, his life run out of time
    Somebody past noon, shot across the room
    And now the man no longer lives

    Too bad about him
    Too sad about him
    Don't get me wrong, the man is gone
    But it's a wonder, he lived this long

    Up in the city they called him Boss Jack
    But down home he was an alley cat
    Ah, didn't care nothing about being black
    Oh, Billy Jack

    There can't be no fun, can't be no fun
    To be shot, shot with a hand gun
    Your body sprawled out, you without a doubt
    Running people out, there on the floor

    Sad bloody mess
    Shot all up in his chest, shot in his chest
    One sided duel, gun and a fool, ah
    What a way to go

    Up in the city they called him Boss Jack
    But down home he was a alley cat
    Ah, didn't care nothin' 'bout being Black
    Oh, Billy Jack

  26. Louie Lopez

    Billy Jack!

  27. Jamie Couanis

    So is he talking about the movie

  28. Anderson Betom

    Born in East Oakland Calif 67. I still remember the good and bad times...

  29. Christopher Moore

    2019 still jamming!

    ChEF Doggie Dogg

    GOTTA LOVE IT BRO

  30. Marcus Reeves

    I KNOW YOU GONE BRUTHA CURTIS,BUT I TRULY MISS YOU AND THIS KINDA OF MUSIC.MAY GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL MAN.

    StanWeiner

    Marcus Reeves It's spelt brother not brutha.

  31. caramel ash

    Trombone and trump lol

  32. Rico B

    I’m sitting here with my nose turned up like I smell something cause this is so damn funky...dayum!!!

  33. marco sixeighter durazo

    bad as jam here love Curtis Mayfield

  34. VHS FACTION

    Pretty much the first gangster rap song. Dont believe mainstream.

  35. Bryant Diesel

    I'm from Jacksonville....so I'm Billy Jack😎

  36. blakk thunda!!

    Had the stank face on through the whole song

  37. Dontaye King

    GODAMN THIS IS FUNKY

  38. Dontaye King

    WILLIE HUTCH, BLACK MOSES, BOBBY, AND A MAN NAMED MR.MAYFIELD.

    James M

    I wished more people knew about Willie Hutch, A genius

  39. Alfred Revis

    It can't be no fun
    to be shot
    shot with a hand gun
    Go head on Mayfield
    A man before his time..

    Paula Jordan

    Alfred Revis a man in his time :( ♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡

  40. Liberto26

    Been so into this song lately. It's incredible, love the horns

  41. seldomseenG

    Mane, y'all sleeping on one of the all time greatest

  42. Velimir Vucicevic

    curtis was a gentleman of soul

  43. the notorious matt

    this is my wedding song

  44. Indigo Montoya

    NOW there is truly no place like America today.  This lifelong American citizen has this message:  fuck you America.  Fuck Donald Trump and fuck each and every one of his goddamned supporters.

  45. Paul Fresnel

    Just out of Monday
    I run into a friend
    Down the street, down the street
    Where I live

    Sad things begin
    I could feel from within
    From the message, from the message
    He had to give

    About a buddy of mine
    He run out of time, his life run out of time
    Somebody past noon, shot across the room
    And now the man no longer lives

    Too bad about him
    Too sad about him
    Don't get me wrong, the man is gone
    But it's a wonder, he lived this long

    Up in the city they called him Boss Jack
    But down home he was an alley cat
    Ah, didn't care nothing about being black
    Oh, Billy Jack

    There can't be no fun, can't be no fun
    To be shot, shot with a hand gun
    Your body sprawled out, you without a doubt
    Running people out, there on the floor

    Sad bloody mess
    Shot all up in his chest, shot in his chest
    One sided duel, gun and a fool, ah
    What a way to go

    Up in the city they called him Boss Jack
    But down home he was a alley cat
    Ah, didn't care nothin' 'bout being Black
    Oh, Billy Jack

    jerry Hernandez

    Thank you keep writing lyrics for us

    J Richard

    Yes,sirrrrrr I feel ya Daddy

    Louise X

    "It can't be no fun /To be shot, shot with a handgun" - the bleak simplicity and almost naivety of those lines really catch the horror of those who have lost someone near and dear in a shooting - even if the guy was a smalltime criminal. Just like in "Freddie's Dead", Mayfield brings out the bleak drama of everyday life and death in the ghetto.

  46. Tommy Locust

    can't help but to feel it in the south. TN

    Daniel Brown

    This is TN funk can you feel it.

  47. Nicole Shannon

    He was woke...i listened he was the truth and so very blessed to still be able to enjoy these LIFE stories in which we can relate ...love you Mayfield

  48. digableweb

    Un des meilleurs

  49. Respector of Women

    Damn this shits fire ON GOD

  50. Mack Edwards

    real music with soul and bottom

  51. Ausie Thompson

    Old school music can't find this today.RIP Curtis ✌🏽

  52. ju lie ju lie

    love love love !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. fradaja

    Dem horns

    Jeff Troy

    fradaja DOPENESS

  54. Bercy Niang

    Plus de 45 ans d'écoute et plaisir et toujours les frissons.

  55. Eric M

    Who could ever forget those human faces in Electroma........

  56. Jimi Wilder

    FUNK !! https://www.facebook.com/groups/FUNKconnection/

  57. Ali Hiouani

    curtis -man soul.

  58. Pieter C

    These vibes are sooooooo cold...... Goes trough flesh and bones man, what a tuneee

    caramel ash

    So cold you couldn't spell through correctly lol cool bro

    Thembinkosi Gamedze

    billy jack cold riddim

  59. Alexandre Teixeira

    vingança é um prato ki si come com 12 di repetiçao vai pagar com a vida a fatura da traiçao.....

  60. Rom inparis

    The bass sound like FF7 Turks theme :)

  61. Tim Smith

    I didn't care nothing about being black

  62. Dé Bé

    Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, who is the best..?
    The both !

    Darrius Pillot-Jones1

    Both had a way of telling real life through lyrics and music

  63. Nic Worsham

    Electroma

  64. tim priddy

    well built funk

  65. Guillermo Bolasdemadera

    Sadly , we will relate with lyrics like this forever. I hope don't.

  66. TheKraut59

    Music like this is no More Rap took over The Soul Music and it Sucks!

    Gle White

    TheKraut59 glen

  67. aristatibb7

    Lead Guitars   Curtis
    Mayfield   &   Phil Upchurch

    3rd   
    Guitarist  : Gary Thompson

    Drums : Quinton Joseph

    Congas :   Henry Gibson

    Bass: Lucky Scott

    Keyboards: Rich Tufo

     

    Studio Engineer: Roger Anifnsen

    Produced and written By Curtis Mayfield

    Chicago Curtom Studios 
    1975

    Gle White

    aristatibb7 glen

  68. fofifof1

    BEP EMPIRE

  69. Albert W. Moore

    Cee Lo Green stole this from Curtis .....with Fool for you.....for shame... Cee low.
    https://youtu.be/-EXclbNuXSc

  70. Steve Harrison

    Eulogy on wax.... brilliant!!!

  71. jesus lord

    #CLUBS PIMPIN IN MEMPHIS,TENNESSEE

    Cornelius Edwards

    As we use to say back in the day..Bumpin that pimpin make.

    Mario Brown

    Blackhaven's Finest right chea.😎

    Christopher Moore

    South Memphis Riverside.. Raifords Sunday all niter.

    Michael Scurlock

    @Steve Harrison you betta know it...Yurrrme!💯

    gabriel ramos cevolani

    OHHHH SHIT DOPE

  72. The Jukebox Rebel

    Hi, just to let you know I've embedded your video on my music review website, many thanks.
    http://thejukeboxrebel.wikidot.com/album-chart-of-1975

  73. Thoba Mngadi

    this was

  74. Thoba Mngadi

    well guys the was the soul man who once was on this earth believe you me

    Sihlobo Mtshali

    We live in changing world each individual who live on earth should adapt the  change like PW Botha one say "Is Either You Abide Or You Die so in those words you were given option to choose from whether is gonna work or not depends, on your choice or decisions taken by you or the other part. 

  75. Robert

    Daft Punk's Electroma.

    Gle White

    Mr. Flynn glen

    Karen White

    Yes! You are right. I kept trying to put my finger on it . I kept saying to myself where did I here this before. I thought from the show Empire lol . I think Empire did use this track.

  76. Wilfred Ramharak

    i, MY, AND MYSELF LIKE THIS NUMBER VERY VERY, MUCHO. Haha, o, bILLY bOY  bILLY jACK. TO BAD AND TO SAD ABOUT BILLY.o, BILLY JACK HE WAS BLACK, HAHAHA, COME ON COME ON REPIED FOR ME bILLIE, I THINK I KNOW BILLY. THIS IS MY FAVORIET. VERY NICE POKOE, O JE RUNNING TO A FRIEND, WHY NOT, THE CALLED HIM BOTH jACCO., HE SHOT WITH A HELL GON. HA HA HA, BROTHER, CURTUS, YOUR GOOD MEN, POWER, WHERE YOU ARE. GOOD BAY. EN HET GAAT JE GOOD.

  77. peter grace305

    Ugk would killed this beat amazing thanks Dr. Funky

    Spanishdog17

    @peter grace Someone should just make a UGK/Curtis mashup album already!

    William Murphy

    Well, now I have a purpose. See you in a few years.

    Single Fathers Together We Stand

    ugk did do this curtis mayfield beat...with a rapper from dallas tx named Bobo Luciano the song is called B*tch get up off me featuring ugk

    T Nelson

    peter grace Curtis Mayfield is laced all through Pimp's music, lyrics, vocal techniques, and overall production and rightly so, I promise Pimp was the rap game version of Mayfield.

  78. SIR FATE

    C Lo Green flipped this song

    Jerry Thomas

    excuse me? haha

  79. José Goncalves

    Soufle coupé par la beauté du morceau !

    DrFunkythumb

    @José Goncalves , c'est toujours le premier effet lors de sa découverte. Les effets kiss-kool et boomerang de ce disque sont pas mal non plus.

    William Murphy

    exactly. shit is on point, dude. that snare.

  80. rogoldomedonfors

    pure genius.

    Gle White

    rogoldomedonfors glen

  81. Ludwig Booth

    This is what my blood sounds like.

    Ludwig Booth

    yeah...dr mayfield!!!

    jakeizlove

    You're the picture of health, toots!!

    Iton

    omg pregnant me, senpai

    Ian Ofslager

    This you Bobby?!

    Ludwig Booth

    @Iton want my phone number?

  82. theherbpuffer

    Funky how I like it

  83. Guilherme Piropo

    this is wonderful...

  84. Tom Sauce

    What marks Mayfields lyrics out is how he deals with the reality of street life authentically, yet manages to do it without malice. The man is real, yet there's no trace of threat or violence, not a bad word for anybody. Heroic.

    ChEF Doggie Dogg

    FEEL YEAH

    Arthur Herron

    very true,,,,,spirit,,,,,,&,,,,,body,,,,,,,,

    Tim M.

    @Bryce Thibodeaux I had the chance to see James with Temptations in Germany, I´ll never forget this....<3

    Tim M.

    @Bryce Thibodeaux I have seen James B. with Temptation. I loved it. The concert Ticket is pinned on my wall in livin´room :)

  85. Mza King

    Perfection from a genius and one hell of a funky band.  Gets me every time.

    Navin Lamervich

    dont you really hear that band eh. oh man!

    Louise X

    One of the best songs ever about the tragic problem of gun violence and street crime in the US. The late-80s live take on "Live at Ronnie Scott's Club" is even better and tighter, a stark, funky masterpiece.

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  88. TheMonohub

    For me his finest tune from his finest album. Absolutely sublime. Songwriting don't get no better than this.

  89. mopardude6969

    Thanks Dr.Funky, this is a fuckin bad-ass tune!!

  90. TheCosmicFunker

    Awesome.

  91. Andrea Piccinni

    Electroma Soundtrack

  92. Tony Woody

    An old jam that is still relevant.

  93. headgoreVEVO

    electroma

  94. KING GOLDIE

    AS I SEE,WHO YOU BE?YOU THINK YOU COOL AS THEE SEA,LET C!YOUR LOVE FOR A FEE,I'M STONE ABOUT MY SOUL LOVE NOT FOR LIEING SHE IS MY GIFT FROM WIHTIN HIGH TO MY SKY,HEAVEN TO MY MINE THAT WHY I LOVE SO,SHE TOUCH MY SOUL EVEN WHEN SHE SAY GOODBY!SO SAY HI FOR 2013!LOVE

  95. Rob Hall

    Is it really more than 35 years since I first heard this? Amazing. It still works for me every time I play it. What an artist Curtis was, how sad that we lost him.

  96. 아기가지

    i liked & laughed at this comment even though (or maybe because) the guy driving the car looks NOTHING like Romney

  97. Bennie Shields

    U SHO RIGHT