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Jackie Robinson Lyrics

Luther Jackson Green lived
In the apartment above me
We smoked cigarettes on the stairs
Tell me stories that the white boys never hear

Like when he found this sign
He moved north in nineteen forty nine
On his tenth birthday daddy took him
To town to the Jackie Robinson play

It was a picture perfect day
In the sunshine and the hate
He didn't understand why
All those people would say such awful things

His daddy said, pay no attention to them
Turnaround and watch the man play
The one black man in the baseball field
Was better in every way

My daddy said if you wanna win in this world
You gotta beat 'em at the wrong game

Luther Jackson Green went to law school
In nineteen sixty three
In the summer between he worked in Alabama
With Martin Luther King

He met a girl on a summer night
He fell hard when they saw each others eyes
There were people in town that really didn't like
That he was black and she was white

They found her in the ditch
A little outside of town
Some stupid man was blasting about it
So Luther beat him down

He looked him in the eye
Spit in his face
And turned and walked away

He knew he was better than all the hate
He knew he was bigger than all the pain
He knew that there's a time to fight
And a time to walk away

He knew until he changed the rules
Oh yeah, they beat 'em at the wrong game

He never did lose that feeling inside
You could hear it in his voice
You could see it in his eyes

Luther moved out West to live
When his wife passed away
He lives right next door to his son
So he can watch his grandchild play

Luther Jackson Green
Watched election night with me
We put a black man in the White House
A thing he never thought he'd see

Even though he never cried
I could see tears in his eyes
He had dreamed about this moment
Every single day of his life

Yeah, Luther died that night in his sleep
But he lived long enough to see
America become the kind of place
He always wanted it to be

He said you could never forget the day
That we beat 'em at the wrong game

Yeah, just like Jackie Robinson
(Just like Jackie Robinson)
Gotta be bigger than all the hate
(Just like Jackie Robinson)

Gotta be better than all the pain
(Just like Jackie Robinson)
Gotta find a better way
(Just like Jackie Robinson)

Gotta beat em at the wrong game
(Just like Jackie Robinson)
Gotta beat 'em at the wrong game
(Just like Jackie Robinson)

Gotta beat 'em at the wrong game
(Just like Jackie Robinson)
(Just like Jackie Robinson)

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