After the Wisdom of Amiri Baraka

Township, beautiful Township.
Mighty, beautiful people of my township.

How did I get here in the dark with salt in my eyes?
How did I get here in the dark with my back against the cold ground?
How did I get here in the dark?

Township, beautiful Township.
Mighty, beautiful people of my township.

When you pull your sisters and brothers down
Into the belly of the bucket,
Watch out, township. Watch out.
Death is going to get you.

When you pull your sons and daughters down
Into the belly of the bucket,
Watch out, township. Watch out.
Death is going to get you.

At the bottom of the mineshaft, there is a railroad
Made of human bones.
At the bottom of the city, there is a river
Made of human blood.

Black gold
Black gold
Black gold…