@Tubman’s Rock

                  after Nanni Balestrini

“I just wanted the world to see
what they did to my baby”
                 —Mamie Till



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They tied up                         Till     (steal away)
likely to kill     just stay dead
Drove toward Money, Mississippi     behind enemy lines
The dead trees     will show you     the way
See us free     like Jesus     we just won't stay dead
around your house     To Moses,     slowly
When     the river ends     steal away
I just wanted the world     to see
the river bank     makes for a good road
that Jesus             is a friend     with friends





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Jesus is     a friend with friends
The river bank     makes for a good road
Moses     never lost a passenger
The dead trees     will show you     the way
    they tied up                     Till     Steal away
& just stay dead
    Drove toward Money, Mississippi     Behind enemy lines
    when the wind blows     the first quail call
    sees us free     Just like Jesus     we won't stay dead
    around your house     To Moses     slowly





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I just wanted the world     to see
To holler down the lions       in this air
    Tracks laid     from the south     to the north
    They tied up                  Till     Steal away
    around your house     To Moses     slowly
    set us free     and just like Jesus     we won't stay dead
    When the wind blows     the first quail calls
    Drove toward Money, Mississippi     behind enemy lines
the river bank     makes for a good road
    trouble the water      holler down the lions





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Bundle of wood                    Parcel            Load of potatoes
People also ask     what was Harriet Tubman's     life like?
I just wanted the world     to see
    Till tied up, stolen away
Patterrollers spread throughout the colonies
    toward promised land
what they did to my baby                    Behind enemy lines
our Moses     never lost a passenger
    on tracks laid     from the south     to the north
A friend of a friend     of a friend     sent me     she said
    the river bank     makes for a good road





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People also ask     why is Harriet Tubman     important     to the world?
    I just wanted the world     to see
flying bondsmen     on French leave     steal away
They say our Moses     never lost a passenger
    &     just like Jesus     we won't stay dead
The river bank     makes for a good road
Emmett tied to a cotton-gin fan, shot in the head
    From the south     tracks laid     to the north
She said     a friend of a friend     of a friend     sent me
    The wind blows the first quail call






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    People also ask             what is Harriet Tubman most famous for?
Flying bondsmen on French leave steal away
    They drove Emmett Till toward Money, Mississippi
Behind enemy lines
    our Moses     never lost a passenger
People also ask     why is Harriet Tubman     important     to the world?
Tracks pressed     south to north     She often said     a friend
    of a friend of a friend sent me & when the wind blows
& the first quail calls
    the river bank     makes for a good road
I just wanted the world     to see






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“in no rush—     the first quail calls
                          in each pound of dollar bills
slave patrol     also called     patterrollers
pattyrollers     paddy rollers     patrollers
                         three fourths a pound of cotton


Jesus is     a friend with friends
    —to put Tubman     on the $20     bill.”
Our Moses     never lost a passenger
    The dollar     hasn't     changed: 3/4
People also ask     what was Harriet Tubman’s     life like?
People do not ask who picks the
    I just wanted the world     to see
See results about the murder of






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The dollar     hasn't     changed
People also ask     what was Harriet Tubman's     life like?
In each pound of dollar bills
    slave patrol     also called     patterrollers
pattyrollers     paddy rollers     patrollers
people also ask     why is Harriet Tubman     important     to the world?
    Treasure secretary     won't stay dead
of a pound of cotton
she said     a friend of a friend     of a friend     sent me
Drove toward Money, Mississippi     $$$$$$
    in no rush     the first quail calls






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People also ask     what was Harriet Tubman’s     life like?
In each pound of dollar bills—
    Jesus is     a friend with friends
    Treasured secretary:     just like Jesus     we won't stay dead
Our Moses     hollered down the lions
never lost a passenger
pound of cotton
    slave patrol     also called     patterrollers
pattyrollers     paddy rollers     patrollers
    in no rush     the first quail calls
I just wanted the world     to see
three fourths of a






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Treasure secretary     “in no rush
People also ask     why is Harriet Tubman     important     to the world?
    people also ask                   what is Harriet Tubman
most     most famous for?
    The dollar     hasn't     changed
    Money, Mississippi     $$$$$$
Among our talents:           to holler down the lions
People also ask     what was Harriet Tubman’s     life like?
Fying bondsmen     on French leave     steal away
I just wanted the world      to see
    to put Tubman on the $20 bill”






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They say Jesus is      a friend with friends
and in each pound of dollar bills!
    {slave patrol}     also called     {patterrollers
pattyrollers paddy rollers patrollers}
three fourths!
They say our Moses never lost a passenger
    to put Tubman     on the $20     bill”
    just like Jesus     we won't stay dead
of a pound of cotton!
I just wanted the world      to see
    drove toward Money, Mississippi $$$$$$
what they did to my baby