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This song is dedicated to the work of those fighting against the injustices of racism. We have such a long way to go. All of the proceeds from this song will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense And Educational Fund.
About this song, Bob Dylan said: "It deals with the James Meredith case, but then again it doesn't... I wrote that when it happened, and I could have written it yesterday. It's still the same."
Oxford Town, Oxford Town
Everybody's got their heads bowed down
The sun don't shine above the ground
Ain't a-goin' down to Oxford Town
He went down to Oxford Town
Guns and clubs followed him down
All because his face was brown
Better get away from Oxford Town
Oxford Town around the bend
Come to the door, he couldn't get in
All because of the color of his skin
What do you think about that, my friend?
Me and my gal, my gal's son
We got met with a tear gas bomb
I don't even know why we come
Goin' back where we come from
Oxford Town in the afternoon
Everybody singin' a sorrowful tune
Two men died 'neath the Mississippi moon
Somebody better investigate soon