No Knock Lyrics

Gil Scott-Heron


publisher: ©CARLIN AMERICA INC
writers: Gil Scott-Heron
album: Track 11 in album Free Will
release date: 1972-3-2
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length: 2:13
percussion: Eddie Knowles, Charlie Saunders
mix: Bob Simpson
co producer: Lillian Seyfert
producer: Bob Thiele
vocal: Gil Scott-Heron

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You explained it to me I must admit
But just for the record you were talkin' ****
Y'all rap about no knock bein' legislated
For the people you've always hated
In this hell hole you, we, call home

No knock, the man will say
To keep that man from beating his wife
No knock, the man will say
To keep people from themselves

No knockin', head-rockin', inter-shockin'
Shootin', cussin', killin', cryin', lyin'
And bein' white
No knock

No knocked on my brother Fred Hampton
Bullet holes all over the place
No knocked on my brother Michael Harris
And jammed a shotgun against his skull

For my protection?
Who's gonna protect me from you?
The likes of you?
The nerve of you?
Your tomato face deadpan
Your dead hands ending another freedom fan

No knockin', head rockin', inter-shockin'
Shootin', cussin', killin', cryin', lyin'
And bein' white

But if you're wise, no knocker
You'll tell your no-knockin' lackeys
Ha!
No knock on my brother's head
No knock on my sister's head
No knock on my brother's head
No knock on my sister's head

And double lock your door
Because soon someone may be no-knockin'
Ha, ha!
For you

Track Listing

  • 1 Free Will
  • 2 The Middle of Your Day
  • 3 The Get Out of the Ghetto Blues
  • 4 Speed Kills
  • 5 Did You Hear What They Said
  • 6 The King Alfred Plan
  • 7 No Knock
  • 8 Wiggy
  • 9 Ain't No New Thing
  • 10 Billy Green Is Dead
  • 11 Sex Education: Ghetto Style
  • 12 And Then He Wrote 'Meditations'
  • 13 Free Will (alternate take)
  • 14 Speed Kills (alternate take)
  • 15 The King Alfred Plan (alternate take)
  • 16 No Knock (alternate take)
  • 17 Wiggy (alternate take)
  • 18 Ain't No New Thing (alternate take)
  • 19 Billy Green Is Dead (alternate take)
  • 20 Free Will (alternate take 2)