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Little Boy

Sault
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2020

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"Little Boy," the concluding track on SAULT's latest album, Untitled (Rise), is about protecting the child's innocence as long as possible. On an otherwise upbeat collage of funk, soul and Afrobeat, "Little Boy" ends (Rise) on a sorrowful note, as wistful piano chords score the singer's plea to the youth. "When you get older," a woman declares, "you can ask me all the questions, and I'll tell you the truth about the boys in blue."

The boys, of course, are police officers, the ones sworn to protect and serve, as long as you have the right skin color. Children — Black children, especially — supposedly don't know this yet. But as the song infers, Black boys are demonized by racist cops who see them as a threat no matter what. As they grow up, they're somehow considered more dangerous. Tamir Rice was 12 years old when he was killed by officer Timothy Loehmann in Cleveland. Mike Brown was 18 when officer Darren Wilson gunned him down in Ferguson. While nothing can truly prepare little Black boys for state-sanctioned violence against them, "Little Boy," a gospel-soul hybrid, seeks to soften the landing. The singer reminds them that they're anointed. "Heaven's angels are shining down on us," she asserts. "They won't go away, God has chosen us."

SAULT's 'Little Boy' Is A Tribute To Fragile Childhood Innocence
Little boy, little boy, when you get older
You can ask me all the questions
And I'll tell you the truth about the boys in blue

Little boy, little boy, when you get older
And you're searching for the answers
And the lost truth for those who look like you

Little boy, little boy, when you get older
You can ask me all the questions
And I'll tell you the truth about the boys in blue

Little boy, little boy, when you get older
And you're sеarching for the answers
And the Lord's truth for thosе who look like you

Heaven's angels is shining down on us
They won't go away, God has chosen us
Heaven's angels is shining down on us
Pain won't go away, God has chosen us

One day, you'll find out, God is one of us
One day, you'll find out, God is one of us

Little boy, little boy, when you get older
You can ask me all the questions
And I'll tell you the truth about the boys in blue
Little boy, little boy, when you get older
And you're searching for the answers
And the Lord's truth for those who look like you

Heaven's angels (Heaven's angels)
Is shining down on us (Is shining down on us)
They won't go away (They won't go away)
God has chosen us (God has chosen us)
Heaven's angels (Heaven's angels)
Is shining down on us (Is shining down on us)
Pain won't go away (Pain won't go away)
God has chosen us (God has chosen us)
Heaven's angels (Heaven's angels)
Is shining down on us (Is shining down on us)
They won't go away (They won't go away)
God has chosen us (God has chosen us)
Heaven's angels (Heaven's angels)
Is shining down on us (Is shining down on us)
Pain won't go away (Pain won't go away)
God has chosen us (God has chosen us)

That's what God said to me
That's what God said to me
I'll be with you through pain
Don't be scared of change
Since you've been lost
Since you've been lost

2020/10/18 - 19:16



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