Massa

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Introduction by Jimmy Flemion


Song 16 off of our LP "Racially Yours", is called "Massa". It was written on May 17, 1992 at the hospital I worked at. Around the time the song was created, I was buying and listening to alot of George Harrison's solo records, discovering them for the first time. From that influence, upon listening to the song "Massa", I can hear George singing it.<br&>

The chords are easy to follow, in the chorus / verse they are : C Major / F Major / C Major / G Major / C Major. The middle eight chords are : A minor / G Major / F Major / E minor / D minor.<br&>

Here then are the masterful lyrics to "Massa" :<br&>

Lyrics


Massa massa massa let me read<br&> Massa massa don't keep me down<br&> Massa massa the sweat does bead<br&> Massa massa I ain't your clown<br&>

Massa massa massa hear me out<br&> Massa massa have no doubt<br&> Massa massa I will rise again<br&> Massa massa I ain't your friend<br&>

I ain't your friend<br&>

Massa massa I will watch you bleed<br&> Massa massa until your dry<br&> Massa massa massa I believe<br&> Massa massa your turn to die<br&>

Notes


Massa massa massa let me read. The word massa is slang for master. It is misspoken from an inability to pronounce the word masterfully. Massa massa don't keep me down. The slave master purposely would not allow slaves to read and therefore kept them from advancing and improving themselves. Massa massa the sweat does bead. In this tale from the slave's point of view, here he announces how hot and uncomfortable he is getting from the demanding work that is expected of him. Massa massa I ain't your clown. Deep inside of himself, the slave is getting fed up with the situation. Massa massa massa hear me out. Here the slave is making a proclamation and a promise to himself. Massa massa have no doubt. There is no question in the slave's mind where he stands or what he is decreeing will happen and or occur and that is that : Massa massa I will rise again. This is his focal point of intention. Massa massa I ain't your friend. I ain't your fool no more. His feelings are quite obvious. Massa massa I will watch you bleed. There appears to be an attraction to bloodletting here. Massa massa until you're dry. Until blood is non-existent. Massa massa massa I believe. Here the slave is certain. Here there are 3 massa's in the line before the phrase, reinstating just how important and dear to him the two topics, reading and his final intention are. Massa massa your turn to die. Once again through the variance of interpretation, the entire song's lead character the slave, may be carrying on this conversation in his head, under his breath or may be speaking directly and backtalking to the master himself. In the end the slave says it's the master's turn to die, but whether an act occurs which makes that act transpire and come to fruition is left up to the listener or what I like to call collectively, affectionately, my audience.<br&>

The track "Massa" contains vocals and acoustic guitars by myself.<br&>