I Can’t Hear the Caged Bird Sing


O Maya, I can't hear the caged bird sing
An I know the voice was never angel quality,
Those vomiting mouthful rings.

With his tune heard on the distant hills,
On other side poverty
Broke. Negro. Killed

The caged bird sings
The caged bird sings
And we know
the screams were never pretty
Those awful rings.

Brother bird why have you forsaken me
Were are your wings?
And is it you true
You stand in a grave of dreams?

Sing caged bird! Please sing!
That wasn't heard
Over the the distant hill, were
Another
Impoverished. Black. Killed

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