Mr. Brown: "I don't want nobody to give me nothing. Open up the door. I'll get it myself."
Lyrics from the song that's the title of this mix.
Recorded in 1969 - the year when, I, Marvin James was born.
After you check out what is just a little bit of his lyrical offerings over the years – please feel free to download a medley of James Brown songs that I mixed live in 2004 in Brooklyn at a celebration of his music and influence. Special thanks to Brooklyn stalwart Dante for arranging this great night that highlighted the sounds of James Brown.
I’m so glad that he offers so much. I stand and walk tall and with pride because of his words, wisdom and experiences. James knew that folks were listening and paying attention and not only excited you to move and groove, he also encouraged perseverance, determination, courage, nobility & togetherness. I heard that. And still do.
Play it loud!
“I don’t want nobody to give me nothing. Open up the door. I’ll get it myself.
Don’t give me integration, give me true communication.
Don’t give me sorrow, I want equal opportunity to live tomorrow.
Give me schools and give me better books,
So I can read about myself and gain my truer looks.
I don’t want nobody to give me nothing. Open up the door. I’ll get it myself.
We got talents we can use on our side of town. Let’s get our heads together
And build it up from the ground.”
Photo courtesy of my brother G-Man who attended the Harlem viewing when James transitioned.
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