Song Lyrics - He's Still Dead

Do you remember Freddie?
He’s still dead
His body’s gone
All that’s left is the lead

Maybe you never heard of him
Or maybe you did
Did the song reach you
Or did you shrug instead?

Yeah he’s still dead
Curtis took him away
Took him to his own grave
There’s not much else to say

He’s just another dead junkie
Or maybe a made-up soul
So you can see how life is
Next to the corner pole

Did it matter to anyone?
You figure he was a crazy nigger
Just one you read about
Maybe you pulled the trigger

That’s what I’m going to say
Where could he go anyway?
He was dead in his mother’s womb
But the song is his beautiful tomb

Yeah he’s still dead
Curtis took him away
Took him to his own grave
I wonder if anyone bothered to pray

He’s just another dead junkie
Or maybe a made-up soul
So you can see the show
Next to the corner pole

Maybe he asked you a question
About getting high
Maybe he said something else
Like wanting to live instead of having to die

Yeah he’s still dead
Curtis took him away
Took him to his own grave
All his life he had to pay

He’s just another dead junkie
Or maybe a made-up soul
So you can stand
Next to the corner pole

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JGoodman11 5 years ago

who/what is this about ? who wrote the song? i digg it


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

It's written about a song called "Freddie's Dead" by Curtis Mayfield.... I heard it last night and it kind of got me going. I hadn't heard it in a long time; it's from my high school days.... Mayfield was very much a storyteller of the street.....


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Majadez 5 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

My first thought when I saw your hub was: "Hey! That's not Freddie, it's Curtis Mayfield." I love much of his music but hadn't heard this song yet. I listened to it now and liked it too, then I read your song. Thanks and well done!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Majadez - I put a picture of Curtis up instead of finding a street corner pimp because I wanted to keep an image alive in my mind instead of forcing it. I enjoyed it back then because I was drawn to serious lyrics (never could get into disco) and it saddens me sometimes that a story like this can just be not even a footnote in history when viewed from the vantage point of thirty years gone. What about Freddie's Mom? What about Curtis? Everybody is dead... I could have named it "Everybody's Dead" because they are; but the issues are not and we need to keep alive hope and remembrance.... Thank you for commenting.... I appreciate it. Truly....

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