Pieces of a Man Lyrics

Gil Scott-Heron

writers: Brian Jackson Gil Scott-Heron
album: Track 7 in album Pieces of a Man
release date: 1971
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length: 4:55
conductor: Johnny Pate
flute: Hubert Laws
saxophone: Hubert Laws
piano: Brian Jackson
electric piano: Brian Jackson
electric bass guitar: Ron Carter
bass guitar: Ron Carter
drums: Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
electric guitar: Burt Jones
mix: Bob Simpson
producer: Bob Thiele
lead vocals: Gil Scott-Heron
composer: Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson

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"?Jacky? jigsaw pieces
Tossed about the room
I saw my grandma sweepin'
With her old straw broom
But she didn't what she was doin'
She could hardly understand
That she was really sweepin' up
Pieces of a man

I saw my daddy greet the mailman
And I heard the mailman say
"now don't you take this letter to heart now Jimmy
Cause they've laid off nine others today"
But he didn't know what he was saying
He could hardly understand
That he was only talkin' to
Pieces of a man

I saw the thunder and heard the lightnin'!
And felt the burden of his shame
And for some unknown reason
He never turned my way

Pieces of that letter
Were tossed about that room
And now I hear the sound of sirens
Come knifing through the gloom
But they don't know what they are doing
They could hardly understand
That they're only arrestin'
Pieces of a man

I saw him go to pieces
I saw him go to pieces
He was always such a good man
He was always such a strong strong man
Yeah, I saw him go to pieces
I saw him go to pieces"

Track Listing

  • 1 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2 Save the Children
  • 3 Lady Day & John Coltrane
  • 4 Home Is Where the Hatred Is
  • 5 When You Are Who You Are
  • 6 I Think I'll Call It Morning
  • 7 Pieces of a Man
  • 8 A Sign of the Ages
  • 9 Or Down You Fall
  • 10 The Needle's Eye
  • 11 The Prisoner