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The Ballad of Freddie Gray

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Published on Aug 27, 2015

"The Ballad of Freddie Gray” video features news photos, rhyming lyrics, vocalist, keyboard and drums to describe the death in police custody of a young Baltimore Black man in April of 2015. His spine was found to be 80% severed but it is unclear whether it was caused by three white arresting cops or 3 Black transporter cops.


Freddie’s death sparked a massive uprising consisting of non-violent marches and rallies as well as some property destruction. The trial of the 6 officers is scheduled for mid-October 2015. The lyrics demand that the arresting cops be charged with murder.

THE LYRICS

“You’re hurting my neck !”

Expecting justice? Not so quick!
Who killed Freddy? Take your pick.
Deciding who - is the trick.
Will only lesser charges stick?
A broken spine before the ride? “

You’re hurting my neck!” Freddy cried.

“Get off’a my neck” yelled Freddy Gray
As on his face was forced to lay.
“Shut the fuck up” was the hateful sound
Of 3 white cops from out of town.

They kneed his neck and hit his spine.
“You’re hurting my neck!” Freddy cried
There’s an easy way to lynch.
Knee to neck is a cinch.

We need another murder charge
So killer cop won’t be at large.
The DA said Freddy died from the ride.
Witnesses are not satisfied.

“They bent him like a pretzel” a witness said.
We saw him disabled, almost dead.
A witness said he screamed in pain.
“They killed him” said one, shouting in vain.
We saw the videos. They don’t lie.

“You’re hurting my neck!” Freddy cried.

In the van, high impact Crushed his neck, that’s a fact,
Thus concealing evidence Of a prior severance.
A severed spine before the ride?
“You’re hurting my neck!” Freddy cried

It’s quite possible a dying man
Can talk and step into a van.
Which cop killed him? Hard to say.
So from murder, they’ll walk away.
Breaking glass a protest crime

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