Gil Scott-Heron Pieces of a Man Lyrics

Jagged jigsaw pieces, tossed about the room
I saw my grandma's sweeping with her old straw broom
But she didn't know what she was doing
She could hardly understand
That she was really sweeping up pieces of a man.

I saw my daddy meet the mailman
And I heard the mailman say
"Now don't you take this letter to hard now Jimmy
Cause they've laid off nine others today"
But he didn't know what he was saying
He could hardly understand
That he was only talking to pieces of a man.

I saw the thunder and heard the lightning
And felt the burden of his shame
And for some unknown reason, he never turned my way
Pieces of that letter were tossed about the room
And now I hear the sound of sirens come knifing through the gloom
But they dont know what they are doing
They could hardly understand
That they're only arresting, yeah, pieces of a man

I saw him go to pieces, I saw him go to pieces
He was always such a good man, he was always such a strong strong man
Yeah I saw him go to pieces, I saw him go to pieces

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