Gil Scott-Heron - We Beg Your Pardon (Pardon Our Analysis) Lyrics




We'd like to do an idea for you that was related to the H2OGaTe, Watergate blues
In March of 1973, we wrote the Watergate blues, and some 17 months later, then-President Nixon resigned
But the story didn't end there, so we didn't stop there
We have prepared a sequel, and it's called, and it's called "We Beg Your Pardon America"
We beg your pardon because the pardon you gave this time, was not yours to give

They call it due process and some people are overdue
We beg your pardon America
Somebody said "brother-man gonna break a window, gonna steal a hubcap, gonna smoke a joint, brother man gonna go to jail"
The man who tried to steal America is not in jail
"Get caught with a nickel bag brother-man, get caught with a nickel bag", says the lady on your way to get your hair fixed
"You'll do Big Ben, and Big Ben is time"
But the man who tried to fix America will not do time

Said they're going to slap his wrists, gonna retire him with 850 thousand dollars
And America was "shocked"
America leads the world in shocks
Unfortunately, America does not lead the world in deciphering the cause of shock
850 thousand dollars they said and the people protested and so they saw it like "we'll give him 200 thousand dollars"
Everybody said "OK, that's better"

I'd like to retire with 200 thousand dollars some day
San Quentin not San Clemente
Do not pass go, go directly to jail, do not collect 200 thousand dollars

We beg your pardon America
We beg your pardon because somehow the pardon did not sit correctly
What were - what were the causes for this pardon?
Well now they had "flea bite us"
Rats bite us, no pardon in the ghetto
They had national security, but do you feel secure with the man who tried to steal America back on the streets again?
What are the results of this pardon though? Because remember, when there's causes, there's results and the results is always deeper still
We now have Oatmeal Man

Anytime you find someone in the middle,
Anytime you find someone who is tepid,
Anytime you find someone who is lukewarm,
Anytime you find someone who has been in Congress for 25 years and no one ever heard of him,
You've got Oatmeal Man
Oatmeal Man, straddling uncomfortably, yards and feet of barbed wire
It's hard to live in the middle all the time

Oatmeal Man, the man who said you could fit all of his black friends in the trunk of his car and still have room for the Republican elephant
Oatmeal Man
But there was no crime committed
Oatmeal Man says that "America, in 1975 your president will be a 1913 Ford"
Regressive
Circle up the wagons to defend yourself from nuclear attack
Oatmeal Man, reminiscent of 1964's AuH2O, Gold Water
Thank god he didn't win, but Oatmeal man didn't win
Did you vote for him? I didn't vote for him

But that's the first results, and the second would be the Dred Rockefeller
Doubtlessly being promoted for the job he did at Attica, 43 dead and millions of Americans once again in shock
Doubtlessly being promoted for the job he did on the streets of New York city where the pushers sell the drugs that the government allows in the country, and then they do time
They do life, and death or life, and death behind bars, while William Saxbe says he is going to dismiss the Lorton Furlough program
And brother Richard X of Buffalo New York faces 13 hundred and 65 years - did he say one thousand three hundred and sixty five years? - behind bars for participating in Attica
And Rockefeller faces being the Vice President of this country
And all is calm and quiet along the white sands at San Clemente

We beg your pardon America, we beg your pardon once again
Because we found out that seven out of every ten black men behind jail, and most of the men behind jail are black
Seven out of every ten black men never went to the ninth grade
Didn't have 50 dollars and hadn't had 100 for a month when they went to jail
So the poor and the ignorant go to jail while the rich go to San Clemente

We beg your pardon America because we understand now much more deeply than we understood before
But we don't want to take the pardon back, we want to issue some more
Pardon brother Frank Willis, the Watergate security guard, he was only doing his job
Pardon H. Rap Brown, it was only burglary
Pardon Robert Vesco, it was only embezzlement
Pardon Charles Manson, it was only mass murder
And pardon us while we get sick
Because they pardoned William Calley, 22 dead, and America in shock

And we understand all the more deeply, and we beg your pardon
As unemployment spirals toward 7 percent, and it seems like 70 percent in my neighborhood
As unemployment spirals and as we watch cattlemen on TV shoot cows in the head and kick 'em in the graves while millions are starving in the Sahel and Honduras and maybe even next door
We understand all the more deeply as Boston becomes Birmingham becomes Little Rock becomes Selma becomes Philadelphia, Mississippi, becomes yesterday all over again
We understand and we beg your pardon

We beg your pardon America because we have an understanding of karma
What goes around, comes around
And we beg your pardon for all of the lies and all of the people who've been ruined and who look forward to next year because they can't stand to look at this one
We beg your pardon America because the pardon you gave this time was not yours to give

Thank you very much. Thank you very much.





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Gil Scott-Heron We Beg Your Pardon (Pardon Our Analysis) Comments
  1. Josh Gibson

    Call your SENATOR, tell your friends to call their SENATORS again and again and AGAIN!!!

  2. John Taylor

    Imagine Gil Scott-Heron and his 'Spoken Words' today about Donald Trump. Top of the charts and inspirational.

  3. Jethroe Moore II

    Not knowing our history, people listen and we must not allow a pardon for #45

  4. benzo boy

    Really sad how relevant this is today

  5. Abe Ada

    WOW THE MAN WHO TRIED TO STEEL AMERICA IS NOT IN JAIL SO POWERFULL SO SMART OMG

  6. Mr. Volts

    Great thinker, Great speaker... G.-S. H. Much respect 💛✊

  7. Robert Cabrera

    Are we going to stand for another "Pardon ?"

  8. Daniel Carr

    Relevant more than ever in 2019

  9. Natalie Brown

    Thank you, Gill!!!

  10. Richard Marshall Bowman

    Karma!   If/when I meet her....I'm socking her in the face......double dealing bitch.

  11. Richard Marshall Bowman

    Donald Trump tries to steal America......on a regular basis.

    Richard Marshall Bowman

    He shut down  the government.....It was not his to shut down.

  12. Will Hill

    Could happen again, lining up that way

  13. Paddy Maguire

    It seems like we've gone nowhere.

  14. Lisa Bullock

    I would like to think, that if Mr. GIL Scott Heron was alive what he would be saying about President NUMBER 45 WHOA..... His songs are relevant as they were when I shared the Last Poets in my 10th grade English class of 69-70. Loved him will Free Will love all his music, until his Last One New York is killing me, and me and the Devil. All of his music, with.Brian Jackson. Let's just say I loved his music, his wisdom, his delivery.Rip Gil....

  15. LUCKY 472

    from the CRADLE to the GRAVE !!! #TEACH (-_-)

  16. T Nicks

    Still relevant today Just change the Names!

  17. Juan Senegal Sr.

    It's scary how time repeats itself over and over they say we've come a long way but it looks like to me we've gone a long way back.... this man was great and spoke the truth about America

  18. Robert Cabrera

    Is it trill t he we need

  19. Richard Marshall Bowman

    Oatmeal man= Gerald Ford

  20. Utaff Gordon

    I have used this to show the importance of History... talking about repeating itself!? The only difference is that at least, at that time, our intelligence was not insulted by "Alternative Facts", "Further Developing Facts", or "Truth is not the Truth"!! My students can't wait to VOTE (2018) to shape HISTORY themselves. That is not a LIE...

  21. Carrie Duff

    So brilliant.

  22. Scott

    still relevant

  23. Larry Chamberlain

    2018 AND IT'S ANOTHER RE RUN

  24. Sheila Bullock

    We now have Trump! We beg your pardon!

  25. Rob Moitoza

    Could not be more appropriate for today's egregious pardons issued by Mafia chief, Donald J. Trump.

  26. Robert Hunt

    We beg your pardon, rest of the world. We are this. So sorry. We don't seem to be able to do better.

  27. Silver Jewelry Co

    Gil Scott Herons Words Resonate Just as Loud & Clear Today, As They Did 40 Years Ago.. The Truth Doesn't Go Away..

  28. Olatunji Mwamba

    I remember, when this was released in 1975. I was 21 years old and I was already 'conscious'. It is still relevant today, given who is in the Whitehouse. And most like, the same result will occur--nothing but Pardons will occur.

  29. Laquinta Mentlow

    wow deep

  30. Maggie Gallagher

    AMEN 😥

  31. Audrey Lane

    What this brother is speaking is true rap. I loved listening to him preform in person. I miss this.😏😏😏

  32. Cesar Soto

    RIP, Brother Gil. I'll never forget the time I sat right next to as your performed at Yoshi's in Frisco. Just a year later, you passed over to the other side.

  33. Jeannie Jean

    Love this.💞A message.

  34. Vinyl Uploads

    Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - “Pardon Our Analysis (We Beg Your Pardon)”
    [Vocals/Written By: Gil Scott-Heron]
    [Written By: Brian Jackson]

    [Intro: Gil Scott-Heron]
    Hi. We'd like to do, um, an idea for you that was related to the “H2O-G-A-T-E, Watergate Blues.” In March of 1973, we wrote the “Watergate Blues,” and some 17 months later, then-President Nixon resigned. But the story didn't end there, and so we didn't stop there. We have prepared a sequel, and it's called, and it's called “We Beg Your Pardon, America.” We beg your pardon because the pardon you gave this time was not yours to give

    [Verse 1: Gil Scott-Heron]
    They call it “due process” and some people are overdue
    We beg your pardon, America
    Somebody said, “Brotherman gonna break a window, gonna steal a hubcap, gonna smoke a joint, a brotherman gonna go to jail”
    The man who tried to steal America is not in jail
    “Get caught with a nickel bag, brotherman. Get caught with a nickel bag,” says the lady on your way to get your hair fixed
    “You'll do Big Ben, and Big Ben is time”
    But a man who tried to fix America will not do time

    [Verse 2: Gil Scott-Heron]
    Said they're gonna slap his wrists, gonna retire him with 850 thousand dollars
    And America was “shocked”
    America leads the world in shocks
    Unfortunately, America does not lead the world in deciphering the cause of shock
    “850 thousand dollars,” they said, and the people protested, so they said, “Alright, we'll give him 200 thousand dollars”
    Everybody said, “OK, that's better”
    I'd like to retire with 200 thousand dollars someday
    San Quentin, not San Clemente
    Do not pass go, go directly to jail, do not collect 200 thousand dollars

    [Verse 3: Gil Scott-Heron]
    We beg your pardon, America
    We beg your pardon because, somehow, the pardon did not sit correctly
    What were the, what were the causes for this pardon?
    Well now, they had “flea bite us”
    Rats bite us—no pardon in the ghetto
    They had national security, but do you feel secure with the man who tried to steal America back on the streets again?
    What are the results of this pardon, though? Because, remember, when there's causes, there's results, and the results is always deeper still
    We now have Oatmeal Man

    [Verse 4: Gil Scott-Heron]
    Anytime you find someone in the middle
    Anytime you find someone who is tepid
    Anytime you find someone who is lukewarm
    Anytime you find someone who has been in Congress for 25 years and no one ever heard of him
    You've got Oatmeal Man
    Oatmeal Man, straddling uncomfortably, yards and feet of barbed wire
    It's hard to live in the middle all the time
    Oatmeal Man, the man who said you could fit all of his black friends in the trunk of his car and still have room for the Republican elephant
    Oatmeal Man
    But there was no crime committed
    Oatmeal Man says that “America, in 1975, your president will be a 1913 Ford”
    Regressive
    Circle up the wagons to defend yourself from nuclear attack
    Oatmeal Man, reminiscent of 1964's AuH2O, Gold Water
    Thank God he didn't win. But Oatmeal man didn't win
    Did you vote for him? I didn't vote for him

    [Verse 5: Gil Scott-Heron]
    But that's the first results, and the second would be the Dred Rockefeller
    Doubtlessly being promoted for the job he did at Attica
    43 dead and millions of Americans once again in shock
    Doubtlessly being promoted for the job he did on the streets of New York City where the pushers sell the drugs that the government allows in the country, and then they do time
    They do life, and death or life, and death behind bars while William Saxbe says he is going to dismiss the Lorton Furlough program
    And brother Richard X of Buffalo New York faces 13 hundred-and-65—did he say, “One thousand, three hundred, and sixty-five years?”—behind bars for participating in Attica
    And Rockefeller faces being the Vice President of this country
    And all is calm and quiet along the white sands at San Clemente

    [Verse 6: Gil Scott-Heron]
    We beg your pardon, America. We beg your pardon once again
    Because we found out that seven out of every ten black men behind jail, and most of the men behind jail are black
    Seven out of every ten black men never went to the ninth grade
    Didn't have 50 dollars and hadn't had 100 for a month when they went to jail
    So the poor and the ignorant go to jail while the rich go to San Clemente

    [Verse 7: Gil Scott-Heron]
    We beg your pardon, America, because we understand now much more deeply than we understood before
    But we don't want to take the pardon back. We want to issue some more
    Pardon brother Frank Willis, the Watergate security guard—he was only doing his job
    Pardon H. Rap Brown—it was only burglary
    Pardon Robert Vesco—it was only embezzlement
    Pardon Charles Manson—it was only mass murder
    And pardon us while we get sick
    Because they pardoned William Calley—22 dead—and America in shock

    [Verse 8: Gil Scott-Heron]
    And we understand all the more deeply, and we beg your pardon
    As unemployment spirals toward 7 percent, and it seems like 70 percent in my neighborhood
    As unemployment spirals and as we watch cattlemen on TV shoot cows in the head and kick ‘em in the graves while millions are starving in the Sahel and in Honduras and maybe even next door
    We understand all the more deeply as Boston becomes Birmingham, becomes Little Rock, becomes Selma, becomes Philadelphia, Mississippi, becomes yesterday all over again
    We understand and we beg your pardon

    [Verse 9: Gil Scott-Heron]
    We beg your pardon, America, because we have an understanding of karma
    What goes around comes around
    And we beg your pardon for all of the lives and all of the people who've been ruined and who look forward to next year because they cannot stand to look at this one
    We beg your pardon, America, because the pardon you gave this time was not yours to give

    [Outro: Gil Scott-Heron]
    Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you very much

  35. Nichole Royster

    Love it

  36. Nichole Royster

    A true Poet...

  37. wcsjam

    “They called it due process...but some people are over due.....”

  38. Gary Hall

    I wish Brother Gill was here to give us a trump Dump wisdom.

  39. Faranak Peart

    Thank you <3

  40. Faranak Peart

    Shame on the people who tumb down this mans work! :(

  41. John Mc Intosh

    All people who put the current administration in office, KARMA! Let it bite your ..., whatever!

  42. DaisyZappa23

    LISTEN UP! <3 <3 <3

  43. I'ma B Me Boston JR

    40yrs latter we still Begging ur pardon so called America!

  44. Robert Cabrera

    gill was and will the Voice.

    Robert Cabrera

    and now America Trump us out .,I
    should place my. bet in Vegas •

  45. donjerue

    Fits tRUMP's regime perfectly, just change the names and a few minor bits.....sad!

  46. jaiy ali reese

    Can't you see the truth?
    Peace... 🌹🕸

  47. theuncanspan

    I came from Wikipedia thinking it was a song. Fuck

  48. ER Leat

    I remember my parents playing this album back in the day. RiP We need you today, still

  49. MrShobar

    Right now, Trump's preparing to pardon himself along with his whole organized crime family.

  50. MrShobar

    I hate to say it, but i'd take Ford back right now-hell, even Nixon, rather than the Trump we have right now.

  51. Clayface3790

    what type of poetry style is this??

  52. Norman Christian

    One of the original poets.still relavent. All you so call rappers, take note learn.

    kev t

    The Last Poets,

  53. Jeremy Walker

    Ain't nothin' new under the sun.

  54. Gayle Marie

    i haven't heard him in forever.....

  55. david patterson

    1974 or 2016?

    Robert Cabrera

    david patterson it has not changed

    MzTanjaX

    2018 🙄

  56. Wilde

    Oatmeal man ..hahaha I'm from England and I call 'those types' the BEIGE people!!
    If ever there were words that were so relevant to TODAY ,somehow I don't think the ignorant folks who voted for the tories in my own country and Trump in the US would remotely understand this KARMA..what goes around comes around !Thanks for sharing ,peace Sophie :)

  57. Robert Cabrera

    me and my Lady saw Gill at the ROXY ,SHE WAS TO HIP

  58. Eric Roy

    Brilliant

  59. Dee Milli

    wise man still true still relevant real talk

  60. mashunda cain

    MESSAGE!!!!!👏👌👏👌🙅

  61. Duckets

    can anyone pleaseeee tell me the name of the older rap song that used this speech as a sample in the song? it was recently on youtube under a playlist titled hip-hop vinyl but was taken down. please help.

  62. duane anderson

    wonderful.

  63. Krystyn White

    Gil Scott-Heron's message gets older, but it never gets less relevant.

    Mr Williams

    cald timeless

    Gidget Hrobowski

    Krystyn White
    Exactly....

    Audrey Lane

    👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

    Lisa Bullock

    You are so right, just change the names, and the years......

  64. Honored General

    AMEN to that, Thunder's Girl!

  65. Raymond Lauzzana

    Tell the truth

  66. Safiyah Dearman

    I love him!

  67. D0rkG0d The Dork God

    respect and appreciation for uploading this.

  68. Amy Schreiner

    Still relevant today in 2016.

  69. Randy Blazak

    "I didn't vote for him. Did you vote for him?" School children should listen to GSH.

    samvazk

    Randy Blazak

    im a school teacher. I use GSH. some get it, others don't. 10 years. I dont expect to reach all of them anymore. They're only 7th graders. I'm past that. just as long as they can say "I've heard him". plant the speeds now.

  70. Mel Mccall

    Oh yes !!!!

  71. Darlene Jones

    Truths in song.

  72. mary

    We need his spirit today.

    Faranak Peart

    we do :(

  73. Richard Murphy

    Very relevant. Would love to have here with us and BLM today.

  74. MrCubaismo

    Love it Jondrea. Hit the nail on the head here as always Gil Scott-Heron always did. So very fortunate to see him live in Dublin, Ireland....Respect.

  75. brwn16eyes

    listen with your eyes closed...wake up and the truth is right before your nose. Truth yesterday, today, and tomorrow until Oatmeal Man and his clan is removed by the people, for the people

    Phil Pelkey

    that's some crazy shit yo sayin.

  76. Thunder's Girl

    He called it like it was and still is...today.

  77. 1outkast4u

    Still Relevant........Today....Tomorrow......Forever

  78. Jesus Estrada

    por please hermano! ,,,,, YA BASTA con tu chet.! no tv for tu rant. When the revolution comes,,, we will run away at the same speed. Beg Your Pardon.

  79. Loys Doy

    we need more of this!

  80. Barry W Jones Sr

    Off the chain, and the meter

  81. Zebucore

    Still Relevant!!! Tremendous Piece!

  82. EDMARQUES Chibata Roots

    This is FIT also for all the Brazilian politics...

  83. Geoff Sherwood

    The poor go to jail. The rich go to San Clemente. Gil goes to his grave. And his words have no sound, no impact, on a deaf, dumb and blind America.

    Gary Augustus

    Truth, brother....

  84. Charles Walker

    WITTY BUT INSIGHTFUL

  85. Janet Roddy

    We will never experience what he gave us. Never, he was a true symbol of the truth about america and the struggle which will continue.

  86. Valerie Brown Cheers

    Everytime I hear this, i want to cry that it is not heard as it should be heard! We could put things like this in class and when finished, give them a test at end of and ask what they got from this educational artist genius! Have Mercy for heroes such as this and rappers, TAKE NOTE!

    Prince of all Negros

    Valerie Brown Cheers I swear u speak the truth

    J C

    Got here from listening to East Coast Avengers, they sampled this. Esoteric (Ryan Seamus), trademarc and DC the MIDI Alien. Glad I found this.

  87. Valerie Brown Cheers

    oh oh! Preach

  88. Timothy Richburg

    still relevant in 2015

    DJ HARBORHATRED 2

    Timothy Richburg still relevant in 2039

  89. Honey Chiles

    The stuff he's talking about is still happening in American politics.

  90. big88ful

    When art meets life! When life meet death. When the real meet the fake. When Gil meets the White house of fools!!!!

  91. donald jones

    When I first heard this song/rap in the 70s the politics of Watergate was unprecedented. The end where Gil Scott says "what goes around...comes around" has had no truer meaning than the days since 9/11. The revolution will not be televised - it's live!

  92. RoY. Lee

    Substance......heavy substance... Listen

    Kevin Galloway

    Royal Lee HEAVY substance what has happened to our people??????!!!!!!!!

  93. William E. Poole

    Amazing how the more things change, the more they stay the same!

    Gidget Hrobowski

    William E. Poole
    Exactly.

    Kvyn Gmbyr

    white collar crooks, always stealing,lying to America

  94. Kendra Brevard

    CHANGE THE NAMES AND IT IS STILL THE SAME

    Juan Senegal Sr.

    No Damn Question

  95. Noir Nouveau

    Respectful correction, Gil did not endorse the title 'Grandfather of rap' he preferred to be thought of as a poet. I agree in that the content and intent of his words were far more intellectual than most rap.

    Faranak Peart

    He started the Rap <3

    The James brothers band

    He needs the be held up together with bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen but he rarely is??

    Benjamln Lewis

    Rap GIL- Scott Heron's time which is my time is when BROTHERS got 2 gether to TALK CURRENT EVENTS, not gendre of music & yes he is a poet for those that understand. Food For Thought Go Figure 🤔

    Benjamln Lewis

    Rap of 2 day have a few poets but they come @ u with street knowledge.
    Ice Cube, & T, KRS, which hits the lower intellect no less the truth. Example,
    In a rest. with my lady BLK.
    SIS. all the characteristics of a white Coco Chanel that type will not listen to that music to vulgar, but the White Kid n the burbs r all up on it.

  96. Steven Marbury

    America leads the world in shocks! Lol

  97. Rodney Riggins

    He will be missed and nor forgot.

  98. Rodney Riggins

    He will be missed and nor forgot.

  99. introvertsrulethisworld

    Gil Scott Heron was KILLED, he didn't die..

    Reginald Green

    he's not dead. but still vastly ignored &yes that marginilation iz something like death

    introvertsrulethisworld

    +Reginald Green he definitely passed away

    Reginald Green

    @introvertsrulethisworld physiaclly yes but when u said killed i thi7ght u meant symbolically

    Ruby Claretha Johnson

    introvertsrulethisworld what happened? IS this for REAL??! Tell ME!! I adore HIS true messages!! 😘💜🎰

    jerry Hernandez

    Like they waxed Easy