Whitey on the Moon, by Gil Scott Heron

Gil Scott Heron

Whitey on the Moon

by Gil Scott Heron
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arms began to swell.
(and Whitey’s on the moon)
I can’t pay no doctor bill.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Ten years from now I’ll be paying still.
(while Whitey’s on the moon)
The man just upped my rent last night.
(’cause Whitey’s on the moon)
No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
I wonder why he’s upping me?
(’cause Whitey’s on the moon?)
I wuz already paying him fifty a week.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Taxes taking my whole damn check,
Junkies making me a nervous wreck,
The price of food is going up,
An’ as if all that shit was’t enough:
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arm began to swell.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Was all that money I made last year
(for Whitey on the moon?)
How come there ain’t no money here?
(Hmm! Whitey’s on the moon)
Y’know I just about had my fill
(of Whitey on the moon)
I think I’ll send these doctor bills,
Airmail special
(to Whitey on the moon)

 

~ by lolarusa on July 18, 2019.

2 Responses to “Whitey on the Moon, by Gil Scott Heron”

  1. A disrepectful poorly written and performed piece which insults African-American astronaughts such as the following: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African-American_astronauts

  2. That’s an interesting take, Gregory. At the time this poem was written, of course, there were no black astronauts.

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