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Winter In America - Gil Scott-Heron



Gil Scott-Heron - Jazz Singer,Poet,musician,Author

 "Gil" Scott-Heron, jazz singer, (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011 was an American soul and jazz singer, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken-word performer in the 1970s and 1980s.
Winter in America is a studio album by American vocalist Gil Scott-Heron and keyboardist Brian Jackson. It was recorded in September to October 1973 at D&B Sound Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland and released in May 1974 by Strata-East Records.

The song illustrates the parable that goes...


Put a ring on one finger, the whole body experiences the joy. Cut a finger and the whole body suffers pain. In the song, It is a story fashioned in a metaphor. In the parable, America is the body. 


The opening lyrics...


"From the Indians who welcomed the pilgrims

And to the buffalo who once ruled the plains...", pictures a time of love, nobility and freedom.

The ideas and aspirations of that time was canonized...


...and to the wounds to the body of society, the murders of President John Kennedy, his brother Robert, Dr. Martin Luther King and the unrest in the streets because of the war, the poet says...



The Constitution

A noble piece of paper
With free society
Struggled but it died in vain

Yes and all the healers have been killed or sent away

But the people know, the people know...


Winter in America

And ain't nobody fighting
'Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your soul, Lord knows
From Winter in America

Gil Scott Heron Winter in America LP 12 in album 33 rpm Import

Scott-Heron remained active until his death, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled I'm New Here. A memoir he had been working on for years up to the time of his death, The Last Holiday, was published posthumously in January 2012.

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