I would rather be a plant than a man in this land
I would rather be a plant on this land
You can transplant a plant and it can grow free
But the man that’s been transplanted can’t
So you can why I’d rather be a tree with branches and leaves and grow free
If man had a choice before he is exploited then his offspring would do more than breathe
Isn’t that a shame.
— Archie Shepp “Attica blues”