|Free Rev. Pinkney demonstrators at Noel Night in Detroit|
Away in a jail cell, without a soft bed,
They’ve jailed Edward Pinkney for things that he said
For telling the truth the state locked him away,
for false frameup charges he’s caged night and day
In the town Benton Harbor where Whirlpool rules
It’s a company town but the people aren’t fools.
They stood up to injustice, said their park must be saved
Led by Reverend Pinkney with his spirit so brave.
To recall the mayor and take the town back
Petitions were signed against big money’s hack
Then the state said they found that there were some false dates
With no case against Pinkney they sealed his sad fate
30 months to ten years, just how cruel can they be?
No right to make phone calls, in solidarity
Without decent clothes, decent food or health care
Way, way up north in the middle of nowhere
With his life ever threatened, it’s worse every day
So the people united must stand up and say
Free Reverend Pinkney, we will save his life
And let him spend Christmas in the arms of his wife!