The Vulture Lyrics

Gil Scott-Heron

writers: Gil Scott-Heron
album: Track 10 in album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
release date: 1970
popularity : 8 users have visited this page.
genres: Jazz Funk / Soul Non-Music
styles: Spoken Word/Soul/Political
length: 4:33
producer: Bob Thiele

Cover Art

Gil Scott-Heron Small Talk at 125th and Lenox cover art
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Standing in the ruins
Of another Black man's life,
Or flying through the valley
He's separating day and night.
"I am death," cried the Vulture.
"For the people of the light."

Charon brought his raft
From the sea that sails on souls,
And saw the scavenger departing,
Taking warm hearts to the cold.
He knew the ghetto was the haven
For the meanest creature ever known.

In a wilderness of heartbreak
And a desert of despair,
Evil's clarion of justice
Shrieks a cry of naked terror.

Taking babies from their mamas
And leaving grief beyond compare.

So if you see the Vulture coming,
Flying circles in your mind,
Remember there is no escaping
For he will follow close behind.
Only promised me a battle,
Battle for your soul and mine.

He taking babies from their mamas
And he's leaving

Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Introduction / The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2 Omen
  • 3 Brother
  • 4 Comment #1
  • 5 Small Talk at 125th & Lenox
  • 6 The Subject Was Faggots
  • 7 Evolution (And Flashback)
  • 8 Plastic Pattern People
  • 9 Whitey on the Moon
  • 10 The Vulture
  • 11 Enough
  • 12 Paint It Black
  • 13 Who'll Pay Reparations on My Soul?
  • 14 Everyday