Audio: Gil Scott-Heron | Home Is Where the Hatred Is
Gilbert Scott-Heron (1949 – 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author known primarily for his work as a spoken-word performer in the 1970s and 1980s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His music, most notably on the albums Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and foreshadowed later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron is considered by many to be the first rapper/MC ever. His recording work received much critical acclaim, especially one of his best-known compositions, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. From 2001-2008 Scott-Heron served several prison terms on drug-related charges, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled I‘m New Here. Scott-Heron received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Home Is Where the Hatred Is
A junkie walking through the twilight I’m on my way home I left three days ago, but no one seems to know I’m gone Home is where the hatred is Home is filled with pain and it Might not be such a bad idea if I never never went home again
Stand as far away from me as you can and ask me why Hang on to your rosary beads Close your eyes to watch me die You keep saying, kick it, quit it, kick it, quit it God, but did you ever try To turn your sick soul inside out So that the world, so that the world Can watch you die
Home is where I live inside my white powder dreams Home was once an empty vacuum that’s filled now with my silent screams Home is where the needle marks Try to heal my broken heart And it might not be such a bad idea if I never, if I never went home again Home again Home again Home again Kick it, quit it Kick it, quit it Kick it, quit it Kick it, can’t go home again