Saturday 27 May 2006, 9:12 pm
Number One In America - David Massengill - From "The Great American Bootleg Tape" and "Coming Up For Air"We got to drive down State Street, with Tennesse on our right and Virginia on our left. We took a photo of a big sign ... "Bristol VA TN, a great place to live." Doesn't sound so much like that. I'll post the photo when we get a chance.
In nineteen hundred and sixty-three
In my hometown, Bristol, Tennessee
I was sitting on my mother's knee
Watching Amos & Andy on T.V.
Amos was Santa Claus on Christmas Eve
A little girl was tugging at his sleeve
Saying, "Can I have a doll my own color, please?"
He said, "Honey, you can make believe"
Just then came a call on the telephone
It was the Mayor, asked if my daddy was home
This was for his ears alone
Mom and me listened on the second phone
Mayor said, "The Freedom Riders are on their way
They'll be here by Christmas Day
Our laws they vow to disobey
'Cause our school's as white as the Milky Way"
The Ku Klux Klan is still around
With a permit to march in my home town
But only on Virginia's ground
The Tennessee side turned them down
Sheriff stood there with his deputies
Ostensibly to keep the peace
But he made us this guarantee
"By God, they'll not march into Tennessee"
The network cameras were triple-tiered
We laughed and cried, we hooted and jeered
But mostly we stood there unfeared
'Til the Ku Klux Klan disappeared