DOWN ON ME

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DOWN ON ME

Odetta is an African-American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a human rights
activist, often referred to as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement.” Her musical
repertoire consists largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An
important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s, she was a
formative influence on dozens of artists, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Janis
Joplin. The song “Down On Me” is from her album “My Eyes Have Seen” (1959). This
song was also recorded by Janis Joplin in the late 1960’s.
Down on me, down on me,
Looks like everybody in this whole round world
They’re down on me.
Love in this world is so hard to find
When you’ve got yours and I got mine.
That’s why it looks like everybody in this whole round world
They’re down on me.
Saying they’re down on me, down on me.
Looks like everybody in this whole round world
Down on me.
When you see a hand that’s held out toward you,
Give it some love, some day it may be you.
That’s why it looks like everybody in this whole round world
They’re down on me, yeah.
Lord, they’re down on me, down on me, oh!
Looks like everybody in this whole round world
Is down on me.
Believe in your brother, have faith in man,
Help each other, honey, if you can
Because it looks like everybody in this whole round world
Is down on me.
I’m saying they’re down on me, all down on me, oh!
It looks like everybody in this whole round world
Down on me!!