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 Ed Pickford © prs


You can buy a rail-road - you can buy a mine

You can buy a mountain - with “No Trespassing” sign

You can buy a lobbyist - in Washington DC

There’s one thing you cannot buy - you can’t buy me!


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You can’t buy me - you can’t buy me

I’m the one you cannot buy - you can’t buy me

You can buy most anything your greedy eyes can see

I’m the one you cannot buy - you can’t buy me


You could buy the cotton - you could buy the mill

You could buy my parents - and bend them to your will

You could buy the lynching rope - and you could buy the tree

You say “jump” but I say “Nope” - you can’t buy me


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This song took no writing - jumped straight in my head

I am just reciting - what Philip Randolph said

He believed in Civil Rights - he hated slavery

He put these words up in lights - you can’t buy me



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Philip Randolph noticed - that at nature’s feast

Those who were the strongest - they ate the most not least

He marched up to Washington - in 1963

He taught Luther King to sing - you can’t buy me


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You Can’t Buy Me

Phillip Randolph

 1889 - 1979

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