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Song Parodies -> "Enslaved"

Original Song Title:

"Grenade"

Original Performer:

Bruno Mars

Parody Song Title:

"Enslaved"

Parody Written by:

Christie Marie M

The Lyrics

According to what I’ve read in Wikipedia, Slavery in the United States was a form of slave labor which existed as a legal institution in North America for more than a century before the founding of the United States in 1776, and continued mostly in the South until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865 following the American Civil War.[1] The first English colony in North America, Virginia, acquired its first Africans in 1619, after a ship arrived, unsolicited, carrying a cargo of about 20 Africans.[2][3] Thus, a practice established in the Spanish colonies as early as the 1560s was expanded into English North America.[4] Most slaves were black and were held by whites, although some Native Americans and free blacks also held slaves; there were a small number of white slaves as well.
Sleazy run, treason road
Captured; outwitted, no!
Take, take, taking us
On that crowded ship [1]
Should’ve known, there’d be trouble
Since they’ve grown rich [2]
Land had grown much cotton
Why treat us rotten? [3]

Chaining all us blacks [4]
Had they worked us: roughly brash
Deprived us from all cash, they did
They treat us oh so rough
Our lives are slightly drab
Cause what we do understand
Is…

They had us enslaved, so true
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Our youth they had depraved, so blue [5]
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s a jump start of slave trade, so true
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
There’s no such luck as escape, so blue
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

Oh…oh…
They would work us through the grain
Harvest crops till we are in pain
Yes, we'd toil night and day, maybe
Still they put us in shame

Oh, no, no, no

Bashed, thrashed, slashed and bruised
Whipped us, backs are numb [6]
Can’t believe they got away with murder
Battles they had won
Back breaker, hard labor
Worked us all like dogs
Yeah, our face fills with rage when they leave us tasks: backlogged

Faith is all we had
So we prayed for much we can
Put faith in God, we had, yes we did [7]
Still under their command
Still prayed for freedom bad
Such treachery: underhand
When…

They worked us as slaves for free
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Worked our bones to the grave, I see
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Most of those crops we had paved for free
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
The cotton gin was manmade: Whitney
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

Oh...oh...
They had drove us all insane
Depression had numbed through our brains
We hoped to flee from them, maybe
Though they’ll still keep us chained

If only there’s one desire
Most of us slaves they’ll liberate
Maybe we’ll be free; John Brown: inspired [8]
Hope for freedom, freedom, freedom, please maybe?

(Short Instrumental Break)

So, finl’ly, they’ll emancipate us as slaves
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Pressure from us, we’re liberate
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Travel straight to the North: escape
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Now with success we escaped tirade
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)


Oh…oh...
Victory we now elate
A new way we celebrate
Abolished slavery lately
Slaves: they eliminate

Finally emancipate
By God we placed our faith
Yeah, a start of our new fate
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah
[1] Not only to African-Americans were held captive in the cramped slave ship on the way to the South of the US, sickness and disease were constant companions to both slaves and crew. Mortality amongst both was high, from disease, mistreatment, accident and suicide according to this article in http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/slavery-ships-and-sickness.

[2] Rich in cash crops, such as good-quality soil for large plantations of high-value cash crops, such as tobacco, cotton, sugar, and coffee.

[3] The slaves did the manual labor involved in raising and harvesting these crops. By the early decades of the 19th century, the majority of slaveholders and slaves were in the southern United States, where most slaves were engaged in a work-gang system of agriculture on large plantations, especially devoted to cotton and sugar cane. Such large groups of slaves were thought to work more efficiently if directed by a managerial class called overseers, usually white men.

[4] Slaves were chained together and marched to the coast. Sometimes this could take many days or weeks. (According to the article “Black Peoples of America - Effects of Slavery on Africa” in Historyonthenet.com.

[5] I understand that even children were even captured and sold to slavery as well.

[6] Slaves were punished by whipping, shackling, hanging, beating, burning, mutilation, branding, and imprisonment. Punishment was most often meted in response to disobedience or perceived infractions, but sometimes abuse was carried out simply to re-assert the dominance of the master or overseer over the slave. The law provided slaves with virtually no protection from their masters. On large plantations this power was delegated to overseers. These men were under considerable pressure from the plantation owners to maximize profits. They did this by bullying the slaves into increasing productivity.

[7] Prayer is the only means of hope to deal with and ask the Lord’s help to find means to escape slavery.

[8] John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859) was an American revolutionary abolitionist, who in the 1850s advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to abolish slavery in the United States.

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Porfle Popnecker - December 20, 2011 - Report this comment
Good work.
AFW - December 20, 2011 - Report this comment
Makes the right statement about a sad shameful time in our history...very well constructed and referenced..
Christie Marie M - December 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Thanks lots, Porfle and AFW! :)

Porfle - Glad you enjoyed, however, I may have to resubmit this again the next day because I realized that I screwed up on the pacing second to the last part of this chorus.

AFW - Thanks like always, friend! :) Yeah, so very true on a sad, shameful time in history and while I wrote this, I pretend to mentally travel in time to put myself in the slaves' position and writing POV type of parodies had always been my thing lately. I try to make myself as educated as I sound, even though I could do a little better. As for the parody well constructed and referenced, I've learned a thing or two from TT. If this type of parody was written, he would've done an even better job at this. As for referencing, when it comes to historical, as well as political parodies, I'd like to provide as much info as possible for readers of this type of parody. But I'm glad you enjoyed my parody nonethless. Thanks again.

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