Ota Benga's Name

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Deep in the heart the darkness of Marlow and Kurtz
They were looking for freaks. They were looking for firsts
From the Congo to U.S. The tribes of St. Louis
The white man forgets Ota Benga’s name

But there were debts unpaid. You were shuffled around
And before too long you were monkey house bound
A little man’s got a strange fate with an orangutan roommate
He never even knew Ota Benga’s name

Somewhere your body rests in a nice white suit
But they stripped you down down down to the roots
They can laugh ‘til it hurts
Bones down deep in the dirt
I hope one night they wake up screaming your name
Ota Benga’s name


from The Wax Cylinder Recordings, released June 2, 2001


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