more from
Blue Arrow Records
We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

The Ballad Of Oscar Grant

from The Wilderness by Jesse DeNatale

/
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Wallet CD with 8 page booklet featuring lyrics & more

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Wilderness via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      $12 USD or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Signed copy of The Wilderness - These copies will not be shrink-wrapped as they had to be opened to be signed by Jesse DeNatale

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Wilderness via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    6 remaining
    Purchasable with gift card

      $12 USD or more 

     

lyrics

THE BALLAD OF OSCAR GRANT

I put my hands in my pockets
And I go uphill
All I wanna do is get my fill
Hang out with my boys
And just move on
Oh New Years night baby
New Years Eve
They held me down
So’s I just could not leave
I tell you it ain’t nothin’ new
But it’s wrong

And the cops got there
From a 911
It should have never ever
Ever have been done
It should have never ever
Ever been allowed
Oh cause right there
Near the subway track
They put a bullet
Into this young boy’s back
And the cries go up
And they do not come down

Now way down yonder
In a hollow tree
There is a whole lot of things
That were meant to be
And a whole lot of things
That just won’t do
And the cops go crazy
And they shot him down
And the camera is a witness
When he’s on the ground
Yeah the camera is a witness
Just like you

There is a line in the justice
And it’s black and white
And everyone knows the truth
Is wrong or right
Everyone except a very
Mixed up mind
And the leaves are shakin’
In a poison wind
We turn around and wonder
How to begin
And the best we can do is wish
That we were colored blind

Now take your roses
Put them on my back
I’ll be riding high up
On the subway track
I’ll be riding up high yeah
Yeah that’s me
And I climb the hills
In Oakland town
I’m gonna visit everyone
From then and now
I’m gonna visit everyone
With my arms waving free

Tell my mama and my child
And my sweetheart dear
Tell them I will always
Be waiting here
We can see each other
Even when they can’t
Oh yeah and when the world
Is really not so free
They’re gonna think about
Johannes Mehserle
And he’s gonna have to think
about Oscar Grant.

credits

from The Wilderness, released December 2, 2020
Jesse DeNatale - Vocals, Guitar,
Vibraphone
Tom Heyman - Electric Guitar
Paul Olguin - Bass
Nino Moschella - Drums, Harmonics

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Jesse DeNatale California

Jesse DeNatale has been writing songs for as long as he can remember. He has released two critically acclaimed records: Shangri-La West (2000) & Soul Parade (2006). His music has been described as evocative & hopeful, a combination of poetry and storytelling
"A dynamic tune-fountain"- Billy Collins
"The Bard of Tomales Bay"- Ramblin' Jack Elliott
"A unique and original American voice"- Tom Waits
... more

contact / help

Contact Jesse DeNatale

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this track or account

If you like Jesse DeNatale, you may also like: