Waiting for the Axe to Fall Lyrics

Gil Scott-Heron


album: Track 3 in album Real Eyes
release date: 1980
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genres: Jazz Funk / Soul
styles: Jazz-Funk
length: 4:49
producer: Gil Scott-Heron and Malcolm Cecil
vocal: Gil Scott-Heron
mixer: Malcolm Cecil
engineer: Malcolm Cecil

Cover Art

Gil Scott-Heron Real Eyes cover art
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Brother livin' in a cell,
Doin' time in a county jail,
Now you might think his life is hell,
But he told me, first room he ever had to himself
He's just, waitin' for the axe to fall,
Sometimes lord I think that's all,
When you're head is on a block
ain't no way for it to stop
You're just waitin' for the axe to fall.
Brother served in Viet Nam,
and found out no one gives a damn.
Agent Orange fell on his camp (but everybody went deaf)
Brother turned around on Uncle Sam.
Waiting for the axe to fall;
Sometimes, Lord I think that's all.
When your head is in the noose
and won't nobody turn you loose
you're waiting for the axe to fall.
Sister on the welfare line,
Examining the threads of her life,
She never thought she'd be cheatin' and lyin'
Just makin' sure her and her kids survive
It's gettin' tougher just, waitin' for the axe to fall
Sometimes lord I think that's all
When you're head is on the block
and ain't nobody trying to stop
You're just waitin' for the axe to fall
Last night grandma should got shook
'cause someone took her pocketbook
She ain't safe in the neighborhood
'cause too many youngin's up to no good
They're just, waitin' for the axe to fall
Sometimes lord I think that's all
When your head is in the noose
and won't nobody turn you loose
You're waitin' for the axe to fall


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Train From Washington
  • 2 Not Needed
  • 3 Waiting for the Axe to Fall
  • 4 Combinations
  • 5 A Legend in His Own Mind
  • 6 You Could Be My Brother
  • 7 The Klan
  • 8 Your Daddy Loves You (For Gia Louise)