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“Because I always feel like running
Not away, because there is no such place
Because if there was, I would have found it by now
Because it's easier to run,
Easier than staying and finding out you're the only one who didn't run
Because running will be the way your life and mine will be described,
As in "the long run"
Or as in having "given someone a run for his money"
Or as in "running out of time"
Because running makes me look like everyone else, though I hope there will never be cause for that
Because I will be running in the other direction, not running for cover
Because if I knew where cover was, I would stay there and never have to run for it
Not running for my life, because I have to be running for something of more value to be running and not in fear
Because the thing I fear cannot be escaped, eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from,
Not without showing the fear as I see it now
Because closer, clearer, no sir, nearer
Because of you and because of that nice
That you quietly, quickly be causing
And because you're going to see me run soon and because you're going to know why I'm running then
You'll know then
Because I'm not going to tell you now”
Gil Scott-Heron, Now and Then...
“Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die.”
Gil Scott-Heron
“All the dreams you show up in are not your own.”
Gil Scott-Heron
“You will not be able to stay home, brother./You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out./You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,/Skip out for beer during commercials,/Because the revolution will not be televised.”
Gil Scott-Heron
“You never cared enough to be Black ”
Gil Scott-Heron
“The revolution will not be televised”
Gil Scott-Heron
“The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
Will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will not be re-run, brothers.
The revolution will be live.”
Gil Scott-Heron
“home is where the hated is”
Gil Scott-Heron
“Words are important for the mind, but the notes are for the soul.”
Gil Scott-Heron
“It may be crazy, but I'm the closest thing I have to a voice of reason.”
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“Stand as far away from me as you can
And ask me why
Hang on to your rosary beads
Close your eyes to watch me die

You keep saying kick it, quit it, kick it, quit it
God, but did you ever try
To turn your sick soul inside out
So that the world
So that the world
Can watch you die”
Gil Scott-Heron
“Turn around, turn around, turn around
And you may come full circle
And be new here again”
Gil Scott-Heron
“When it comes to people's safety, money wins out every time”
Gil Scott-Heron
“Life inevitably translates into time. That is why the sum total of it is called ‘a lifetime’. Freedom is the potential to spend one’s time in any fashion one determines.”
Gil Scott-Heron, Now and Then
“America want nostalgia. They want to go back as far as they can, even if it turns out to be only last week. Not to face now or the future, but to face backwards.”
Gil Scott-Heron, Now and Then...
“Life inevitably translates into time. That is why the sum total of it is called 'a lifetime'. Freedom is the potential to spend one's time in any fashion one determines. I would always want the time invested in my ideas to be profitable, to give the reader something lasting for their investment in me. It is very important to me that my ideas be understood. It is not as important that I be understood. I believe that this is a matter of respect; your most significant asset is your time and your commitment to invest a portion of it considering my ideas means it is worth a sincere attempt on my part to transmit the essence of the idea. If you are looking, I want to make sure that there is something here for you to find.”
Gil Scott-Heron, Now and Then...
“The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
Will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be not re-run, brothers.
The revolution will be live.”
Gil Scott-Heron


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