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Creative Community Organizing by Angela Davis, Si Kahn

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5 Recognize Risks

The air is thick as silence, you can cut it with a knifeA man lies in the hospital, draining out his lifeThe trucks are on the back roadsIn the dark their headlights shineThere’s one man dead on the Harlan County line

Anger like a poison is eating at your soulYour thoughts are loud as gunfire, your face is hard as coalBitterness like buckshot explodes inside your mindThere’s one man dead on the Harlan County line

A miner’s life is fragile, it can shatter just like iceBut those who bear the struggleHave always paid the priceThere’s blood upon the contract, like vinegar in wineThere’s one man dead on the Harlan County line

From the river bridge at High SplintTo the Brookside railroad trackYou can feel a long strength building ...

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