Pink Pill Box

Lucky Mud
Michael McKinney


I have this memory of Jackie Kennedy, dressed in pink, riding in that convertible through Dallas. The rest came from that....Martin Luther King, the Kinshasa Highway where AIDS leapt from one species to another....all the TV preachers yelling and waving the flag, all of that. Martin Lee Anderson, 14 years old, was beaten down by seven full-grown officers at a youth boot camp in Bay County, Florida, and when he died, the medical examiner found his death had been caused by sickle cell trait. Mercy.


Jackie wore a pink pill box

And she smiled in the Texas sun

She watched As her man got killed

By strangers with guns

And she cried Mercy

Oh, mercy


Martin was a preacher

He saw the Promised Land

But like Moses in the bible

It stayed just out of the reach

Of his dying hands

And he cried mercy

The world cried mercy

Far from Birmingham



On the long Kinshasa Highway

Death came with a kiss

It wrapped its wings

Around the world 'said,

'Are you ready for this?

It's the end of mercy

There is no mercy'


Preachers screaming hate

From the pulpit

Waving flags of war

It makes you wonder

What Jesus died for

If not for mercy

Where is mercy?


Martin Lee was 14 years

When they dragged him into Hell

We saw grown men

Beat him down

Then they said he died From sickle cell


Lord, have mercy


Here we are standing

On the brink

While the world

Goes up in flames

Little children

With their heads bowed down

Playing video games

They've never seen mercy

They don't know mercy


You can't order it online

You can't get it at the store

You can't even use it

If you don't know what it's for

It's mercy

Oh, mercy


Jackie wore a pink pill box

And she smiled In the Texas sun


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