Music and Sound - Reverse Ideal 2019

For Attica. Poem by Muhammad Ali July 17, 1972 RTE Television, Ireland

Better far from all I see
To die fighting to be free
What more fitting end could be

Better surely than in some bed
Where in broken health I'm lead
Lingering until I'm dead

Better than with prayers and pleas
Or in the clutch of some disease
Wasting slowly by degrees

Better than by heart attack
Or some dose of drug I lack

Let me die by being Black.

Better far than I should go
Standing here against the foe
Is there sweeter death to know

Better than the bloody stain
On some highway that I'm lain
Torn by flying glass and pain

Better call on death to come
Than to die another dumb
Muted victim in the slum

Better than of this prison rot
If there's any choice I've got
Kill me here on the spot

Better for my fight to wage
Now while my blood boils with rage
Lest it cool with ancient age

Better violent for us to die
Than to Uncle Tom and try
Making peace just to live a lie

Better now that I say my sooth
I'm going to die demanding truth
While I'm still akin to youth

Better now than later on
Now that fear of death is gone
Never mind another dawn

Machine gun fire

They opened fire on them
But they died telling it like it was

    Electronic, mood, Electro, Art, Canada, Cool
    • 89.5 bpm
    • Key: Dm
    • Vancouver, BC, Canada
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