Say Their Names

from Say Their Names by David Rovics

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I wrote this after Jacob Blake was shot in the back 7 times in front of his 3 small children in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 23rd. But the song is more an effort to address the enormity of the phrase, "say their names."

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Say Their Names

Jacob Blake was walking to his SUV
Alton Sterling was selling DVDs
Eric Garner had just broken up a fight
Breonna Taylor was asleep in the middle of the night
Tamir Rice was playing in the park
Elijah McClain was out walking after dark
Dominique Clayton was sleeping in her bed
Where she was shot by a cop in the back of her head

Say their names, say their names

Walter Scott was driving to a store
Bettie Jones was answering her door
Philando Castille was driving home with his girlfriend
Anthony Hill was naked on the grass when he met his end
Ezell Ford was walking in his neighborhood
Michael Brown was blown away just standing where he stood
Kendra James was shot to death at a traffic stop
By yet another unaccountable killer cop

Say their names, say their names

Atiana Jefferson was playing a video game
With her little nephew, gunned down just the same
Oscar Grant was celebrating the New Year
Handcuffed when the shots rang out that everyone could hear
Eric Reason pulled into a parking spot
Not long after that was when he was shot
George Floyd was just shopping in a store
Micah Xavier Johnson thought that he was still at war

Say their names, say their names

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from Say Their Names, released October 3, 2020

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