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Rent Strike Blues, song lyrics

Song: Rent Strike Blues
Lyrics: James Collier(1)(2)

Music: James Collier
Year: circa 1966
Genre: Blues
Country: USA


I got the rent strike, the rent strike blues,
I got the rent strike, I got the rent strike blues.
Landlord won't fix my building,
Gonna have to try and move.

I got rats on the ceiling, rats on the floor,
Rats all around, I can't stand it anymore.
I'm going on a rent strike, got to end these blues.
Landlord-y don't fix my building,
Gonna have to try and move.
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I went next door, see my friend,
Landlord won't fix the building and the roaches let me in.
Going on a rent strike, I got to end these blues.
The landlord-y won't fix my building,
Gonna have to try and move.

Well, no fire-escape have we got, no money has the landlord spent,
If he don't fix the building, ain't gonna get next month's rent.
Got to go on a rent strike, got to end these blues.
If the landlord don't fix my building,
Gonna have to try and move.
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Don't care what you do, don't care what you say,
Everybody black and white 'titled to a decent place to stay.
Going on a rent strike, got to end these blues.
If the landlord-y don't fix my building,
Gonna have to try,
Gonna have to try,
Landlord-y won't fix my building,
I ain't about to move!


Notes:

1 - "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free": Nina Simone and the Redefining of the Freedom Song of the 1960s, Tammy L. Kernodle, Journal of the Society for American Music, 18 July 2008, 2 : pp 295-317.

2 - Freedom's A Constant Struggle: Songs of the Freedom Movment, Candie Carawan, Guy Carawan, Ethel Raim, Oak Publications, New York, 1968, p.186-187.