Sunday, 21 July 2013

Brown Girl, Step

Dean Atta
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Brown Girl, Step
Brown girl, step on stage
And let them see you shine
Step through the front door
No longer declined
Step out on your own
Knowing you will be fine
But don't step in line, brown girl
Not this time
There are too many brown girls
Waiting in line
Unemployment – line
Chorus – line
What has changed but the time?
You – brown girl
You have changed, with the times
Of the times, because of the times
Brown girls have been beaten
And bruised, forced and used
Robbed of their children
And denied good news
Shackled and shamed
Shunned and misnamed
Kept from education
Shown nothing but pain
Felt abandoned by all
Even the one above 
And yet despite it all
You still choose love
You are not the tragedy
How they treat you is
Your beautiful potential
Is equal to his
Brown girl, step
Anywhere you want to be
And let them see you shine
Step through the front door
No longer declined
Step out on your own
Knowing you will be fine
But don't step in line, brown girl
Not this time.

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