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The song is partly a reference to Saint Augustine, an African Bishop of Hippo born 354, who was a great writer; 5 million of his words still survive today, the most famous being Confessions. He is also the subject of the Bob Dylan song “I Saw Saint Augustine” Also of interest is the fact that St. Augustine’s family name, Aurelius, suggests that his father’s ancestors were freedmen (former slaves who has been released from slavery). Thus this song… read more

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My father was a young man
My mother off the boat
My eyes were fresh at 21
Bruised but still afloat
Our heads have hit the pavement
Many times…

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