KhaRabia Rayford  
  Wouldn't It Be A Shame? 
 
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Drums/Drums/Drums

 
Wouldn't it be a shame
If Black music died?
If all that survived was
Rock?
Thousands of years
and tons of sand
The only jams left be
The average white band?

(After years of excavations
To discover our past
They find no soul music
Only watered-down Jazz
No Rhythm and Blues
No Reggae or Soca
'Cause down Black musicians
All had to cross over.)

Picture an archeologist
Not knowing what
Jazz
or Blues
Rhythm and Blues
Reggae
Soca
Gospel
or Calypso
Was.
No congas, no steel drums,
No shakere or cowbells
Just wang wang wang
and speaker feedback.
Wouldn't it be shame?

Wouldn't it be a shame
If the only
Dance
That survived was
Ballet?
No more Funky Chicken
No Tapping, no
Bebop, Jazz, no Jitterbug
No Breaking and Popping
High Life
Jump Up
Skank, no
Get on Down, Bump
Shake your Booty
No Dudumba
or Funga
No get out on the floor
and sweat
No Samba
Rhumba
Freak
Watusi
just u
p?
on the toes?
on the tippy, tippy toes?
and leaping like a swan
like a white, white
swan?
Wouldn't it really be a shame?

Wouldn't it be a shame
If only Classical Music
Survived?
Aaaaaa
Aaaaaa
Aaaaaarias and
Italian lyrics
Per la Gloria, but no
RESPECT?
What if wailin'
and moaning
Shouting
and
SCREEEEEEEEAMIN'
Was forgotten
as an ART FORM?
No Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaase Babeh, Babeh
No Ow! Wit Yo Bad Self
No Come on now HUH!
No Wooooooooooooo!
No hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yes mmmmmm
No BOOM laka laka laka
BOOM laka laka Boom BOOM!
No
puh a hu qhu
puhpuhpuhpuh
puh a hu a hu
puhpuhpuh
No wheee uh whee whee
No mo'
Sockittomesockittomesockittomesockittome
sockittomesockittomesockittomesockittome
sockittome
sockittomesockittome
Sockittomesockittome
sockittomesockittome
sockittome
sockittome
sockittome oh yeah!
No runs
Starting at bass
and eruptin' in soprano
Pumpin' up at a hum
and ending in a
Shout.

Any y'all know what I'm talking about?
Wouldn't them archaeologists
Really miss out?
If all that was left
Was Lalala
and yeah, yeah, yeah?

Wouldn't that be
A REAL
Shame?

 
 
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