2022-05-29

Jack Hardy – I Ought To Know Lyrics

I ought to know more than I know
I ought to know where this road goes
I ought to know great literature by heart
The history of art
This I ought to know

I ought to know more than 1492
I ought to know what the Buffalo Bills do
I ought to know more than the quarterback’s wounded knee
What happened at Sand Creek
This I ought to know
But I don’t

I ought to know about the sacrifices made
I ought to know ration stamps, air raids
I ought to know more than George C. Scott
And John Wayne get shot
This I ought to know

I ought to know what the drinking gourd means
I ought to know more than “I have a dream”
I ought to know about the back of the bus
And the crack of billy clubs
This I ought to know
But I don’t

(chorus:)
I don’t know nothing about nothing
But I’m proud to stand upright
I don’t know nothing about nothing
But my future looks so bright
Illumined by the light

Laugh-tracks, soundbites
And a replay to get it right
I ought to know

I ought to know the songs of Joe Hill
I ought to know Trotsky, Marx and Hagel
I ought to know about the Haymarket hangings
And the H.U.A.C
This I ought to know

I ought to know about Oliver Cromwell
I ought to know about the Gnostics and St. Paul
I ought to know what Jesus really said
And who the preacher takes to bed
This I ought to know
But I don’t

I ought to know what’s buried in the landfill
I ought to know about the clear-cutting bills
I ought to know about pipelines and schemes
What extinction really means
This I ought to know

I ought to know for whom the bell tolls
I ought to know the pride and prejudice of polls
I ought to know if the grapes of wrath are union
Picked by Victor Jara’s hands
This I ought to know
But I don’t

(repeat chorus)