Gil Scott-Heron - Message To The Messengers Lyrics




Hey, yeah, we the same brothas from a long time ago
We was talkin' about television and doin' it on the radio
What we did was to help our generation realize
They had to get out there and get busy cause it wasn't gonna be televised
We got respect for you rappers and the way they be free-weighin'
But if you're gon' be teachin' folks things, make sure you know what you're sayin'
Older folks in our neighborhood got plenty of know-how
Remember if it wasn't for them, you wouldn't be out here now
And I ain't comin' at you with no disrespect
All I'm sayin' is that you damn well got to be correct
Because if you're gonna be speakin' for a whole generation
And you know enough to try and handle their education
Make sure you know the real deal about past situations
It ain't just repeatin' what you heard on the local TV stations
...Sometimes they tell lies and put 'em in a truthful disguise
But the truth is that's why we said it wouldn't be televised
They don't know what to say to our young folks, but they know that you do
And if they really knew the truth...why would they tell you?
The first sign is peace, tell all them gun totin' young brothas
That the man is glad to see us out there killin' one another
We raised too much hell when they was shootin' us down
So they started poisoning our minds tryin' to jerk us all around
And they tell us they got to come in and control our situation
They want half of us on dope and the other half in incarceration
If the ones they want dead ain't killed by what they instigated
They put some dope on a brotha's body and claim it was drug related
Tell them drug related means there don't need to be no investigation
Or at least that's the way they're gon' play it on the local TV stations
All your 9-millimeter brothas...give them somthin' to think about
Tell them you heard that this is the new word, they got to work that stuff out
But somehow they feel in the wrong way with a gun in their hands
They feel real independent...but they just pullin' contracts for the man
Five and five will tell you it's hopeless out there on the avenue
But if they really knew the truth...why would they tell you?
And if they look at you like you're insane
And they start callin' you scarecrow and say you ain't got no brain
Or start tellin' folks that you suddenly gone lame
Or that white folks had finally co-opted your game
Or worse yet implying that you don't really know...
That's the same thing they said about us...a long time ago
Young rappers, one more suggestion before I get out of your way
But I appreciate the respect you give me and what you got to say
I'm sayin' protect your community and spread that respect around
Tell brothas and sistas they gotta calm that bullshit down
Cause we're terrorizin' our old folks and brought fear into our homes
And they ain't got to hang out with the senior citizens
Just tell them, “Dammit...leave the old folks alone”
And we know who rippin' off the neighborhood, tell them, “That BS has got to stop!”
Tell them you're sorry they can't handle it out there
But they got to take the crime off the block
And if they look at you like you're insane
And they start callin' you scarecrow and say you ain't got no brain
Or start tellin' folks that you suddenly gone lame
Or that white folks had finally co-opted your game
Or worse yet saying that you really don't know...
That's the same thing they said about me a long time ago
And if they tell folks that you finally lost your nerve
That's the same thing they said about us, when we said, “Johannesburg”
But I think the young folks need to know, that things don't go both ways
You can't talk respect of every other song or just every other day
What I'm speakin' on now is the raps about the women folks
On one song she's your African Queen on the next one she's a joke
And you ain't said no words that I haven't heard, but that ain't no compliment
It only insults eight people out of ten and questions your intelligence
Four letter words or four syllable words won't make you important
It'll only magnify how shallow you are and let everybody know it
And if they look at you like they think you insane
Or they call you scarecrow thinkin' you ain't got no brain
Or start tellin' folks that you suddenly gone lame
Or that white folks have finally co-opted your game
Or you really don't know...They said that about me a long time ago
If they finally start to tell people that you lost your nerve
That's what they said about Johannesburg
You ain't insane...you have got a brain
You haven't gone lame; you have got your game
Remember...keep the nerve
Keep the nerve
Keep the nerve
Keep the nerve
...I'm talkin' about peace





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Gil Scott-Heron Message To The Messengers Comments
  1. Lucy Monks

    I work in my Dads Record and HiFi shop and he puts this song on to show customers the BASS 💚

  2. Jeff Bunn

    Yes!!! Thank you!!! One Nation 4 Life! <3 (y) !!

  3. T.M.O.N.T513

    '19 message infinitely relevant🔑

  4. Gregory Hertzog

    Remember late great fearlessness leadership respect yourself gospels soulful and groove songs and cultural heritage foundation for the people's choice Mr. Gil Scott heron rest in peace love him always greatest band and group most high creator soulful and groove songs and cultural heritage foundation for the people's Mr. Gil Scott heron saw him live concert
    Sound of Brazil club live performance brilliantly voice and blessing favorite hits after hits songs album and hits after hits
    Remember ourselves and mother we love her always blessing day today keeping up with the respect yourself and family too and happy memorial or veteran day today new York city and back in day and years and now. 😀😁😂😃😄😅😆

  5. Quinn Campbell

    The king of true RAP!!! Fuck the crap rap.This man knew that black people are in danger of black attack.Bring the hell,and pay me the paradise that was stolen from my people.You fuck devil.🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑

  6. New Negroid Breed Dominant Genetic Parent

    Powerful

  7. Clyde R Taylor

    A classic CD spirits Gil Scott heroin thanks for putting this up 👍💯😏🎶🎼🎸⚡

    Lovely Ląną

    It's HERON, put some RAspect on his name please. Asé!

  8. Mar E

    So deep as always.

  9. Eric Talbot

    This jam is SMOKING as well as an important message. Thanks!!!!!

  10. franco savadori

    a great artwork, as almost all the previous records made by Gil. A gifted talent, with an exceptional good brain and, in some way, a weak will. What destiny gives, destiny takes. Anyway, one of the greatest black poet and one of the best musician of all the times.

  11. Surfboard Jerry

    I struck gold when i found this. Thank you

  12. magnificent reg

    some things just won't change...

    mizpahboy

    Spirit of change! these mighty revolutions are thine. Thou art the eldest-born of time; thy lessons are precious to the soul, and things do in fact change. Black lives matter only if black life matters and life matters only if we dare to embrace change for all life. To say some things just won't change is saying the thing is not worth the effort, that somehow it's has become less in the scheme of life's fabric. Change is slow and tedious and can not be measured by conventional time pieces. Change requires hard work which we would rather see others do, then harvest the reward later after the crop has bore fruit. For change to take root and flower, we all must work the garden. I believe things will change if we all work to that end.

  13. TRAVISVSTHEWORLD

    well god damn

  14. Yael Hart

    A superb album that deserves and repays full attention.