The New Black Eastside Songbook is a six-song suite conceptualized by Columbus writer/poet Scott Woods featuring new music composed by The Ogún Meji Duo, Counterfeit Madison, Krate Digga, Paisha Thomas and Jordan Sandidge. Funded by the Johnstone Fund for New Music, its debut performance on March 14, 2018 was part of the “New Music at Short North Stage” free concert series. “The Songbook” is an exploration of black life and culture in Columbus historically and now, touching on subjects ranging from privilege to police abuse and gentrification. It interrogates the definition of Columbus culture, and what relationship such culture might have to the people who both create and partake of it.

We present here the lyrics from one of the songs, “Rahsaan Rollin’ In The Dirt”, composed and performed by Jordan Sandidge.
You can listen to the song here.

Rahsaan Rollin’ in the Dirt
(Music & lyrics by Jordan Sandidge)

Say you come here to look around
Though it’s rare to see you on this side of town
‘Less it’s puttin up apartments or shooting brothers down
You’re well known for danger its the talk of the town

There’s a reason when we see all we do is scowl

You see we’re use to struggling, fighting to survive
Ain’t got no problem, if you save on the lies
You got your intentions s’pect us to move to the side
I got head full of reasons, I’ll look you dead in the eye

Now, you lookin real confused so I’m gon’ tell you why!

No one gives a damn
About Rahsaan
Holding Up his head
They don’t want him
Think for himself
No one gives a damn
About Rahsaan
Becomin a man
As long Bexley’s
Safe from dark skin hands
And Rahsaan’s Rollin’ In the…
Rollin in the dirt

Zachary Rosen’s back was on the CPD
Guess you can thank your Lord for the FOP
They’re known for putting dirty cops back on the street
All charge is some union

And they’re looking like some hungry dogs about to feed

No one gives a damn
About Rahsaan
Holding Up his head
They don’t want him
Think for himself
No one gives a damn
About Rahsaan
Becomin a man
As long Bexley’s
Safe from dark skin hands
And Rahsaan’s Rollin’ In the…
Rollin in the dirt

(Copyright 2018 Jordan Sandidge)

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