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Run Charlie Run
by The Temptations

I watch you go to church on Sunday
But you forget all you learned on Monday
You see your smiling face can't hide
How you hate your brother inside

So I'ma telling you
Run, Charlie, run
Look the niggers are coming
(The niggers are coming?)
Run, Charlie, run
Look the niggers are coming
(The niggers are coming?)

You built this great big beautiful city
But you ran away and left it to die, what a pity
You could have made friends with your neighbor
But you are much too prejudiced to try, tell me why

So I'ma telling you
Run, Charlie, run
Look the niggers are coming
(The niggers are coming?)
Run, Charlie, run
Look the niggers are coming
(The niggers are coming?)

But the greatest wrong, you know you've done
Is you passed this sickness onto your son
(Your one and only boy)
He came into this world with a mind so clean
You took it, molded it, and made it mean

So I'ma telling you
Run, Charlie, run
Look the niggers are coming
(The niggers are coming?)
Run, Charlie, run
Look the niggers are coming
(The niggers are coming?)

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: JAN FOREMAN, MAURICE C. KING

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jeffrey conyers

Damon, Dennis, Richard, the seventies height of the Temps vocalists.

Roosevelt Stafford Jr

I remember this song as a teenager and the versions I heard was exactly what you hear.

John Hunter

One of my favorite songs.

Laurence L. Socci, Esquire

I heard this song years ago and couldn't believe what they were actually saying! Would never get radio time today.

buzios999

@Gypsy Me too. I first heard it in 1973 playing on AFN Tokyo (American Forces Network Japan who had several black DJ's)

Roosevelt Stafford Jr

@Nancy Moore Nigga is a term of so called endearment with the youth. Nigger always have been always will be racist derogatory term. . I actually don't subscribe to either

Nancy Moore

maybe if they actually said nigga instead of nigger.

Gypsy

I first heard this on the radio...believe it or not.

Piggy-218

It never got air time On any radio stations..ever. Not when it was released either. Not in 1970..

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Howard Elfman

I remember Otis Williams discussing this song in the Temptations book. It is every bit as rough as he described it. Strange to hear such a song from a soul group during that time frame. He said they never performed it live and caught hell for having it on the album. It's about white flight and has powerful lyrics. Just can't help thinking it would have been a better fit for a different group.

And the chorus gives it a cartoonish quality. Weird song.

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