The Ballad of George Floyd

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The Ballad of George Floyd

The melody is from one of the many versions of the Child ballad “George Collins.”

THE BALLAD OF GEORGE FLOYD
© 2020 Jay Feldman

George Floyd drove out one evening in May,
The flowers were all blooming then,
George Floyd drove out one evening in May,
But he never drove home again.

His car was stopped by officers four,
In Minneapolis town,
They pulled him from the driver’s side door,
And pushed George Floyd to the ground.

He didn’t resist them, he didn’t fight back,
He never cursed them or swore.
The only question he asked when attacked,
“Please, officer, what’s all this for?”

The only answer that he did receive,
Was a knee applied to his neck.
George Floyd he pleaded and said, “I can’t breathe,”
But in nine minutes more he was dead.

Look up, look down that lonesome road,
Hang down your head and cry.
For no-one has said, and no-one has showed,
Just why George Floyd had to die.

George Floyd drove out one evening in May,
The flowers were all blooming then,
George Floyd drove out one evening in May,
But he never drove home again.

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