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He Was My Brother
Simon & Garfunkel Lyrics

He was my brother
Five years older than I
He was my brother
Twenty-three years old the day he died

Freedom writer
They cursed my brother to his face
"Go home, outsider
This town's gonna be your buryin' place"

He was singin' on his knees
An angry mob trailed along
They shot my brother dead
Because he hated what was wrong

He was my brother
Tears can't bring him back to me
He, he was my brother
And he died so his brothers could be free
He died so his brothers could be free

Written by: Paul Simon

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Adam Moreira

The song is about Andrew Goodman, who was killed earlier in 1964 in Mississippi; Simon and Garfunkel had been classmates with Goodman at Queens College.

David St

How do you know that sir?


@Kodiak Express You, asshole.

Milo Otis

The song was written about another friend of theirs, after the Goodman's death the lyrics were changed to "Mississippi's going to be your burying place" and it was rerecorded as such on the Paul Simon soundbook album


“You reclaim your power by loving what you were once taught to hate.”                                                Bryant H. McGill


@Rachel Chevalier You are very welcome!
"Before the truth can set you free, you need to recognize which lie is holding you hostage." Rachel Wolchin
Please Be Well, Will

Rachel Chevalier

Wow, a truth that never gets old, thank for posting


It is June 4, 2020! Very relevant.

Killary For Prison

Not many people would understand


This song was written as a tribute to the three freedom riders/civil rights workers who were killed in 1964. Two of them were from Queens, the previous residence of Simon and Garfunkel.

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