The Constitution
A noble piece of paper
With free society
Struggled but it died in vain
And now Democracy is ragtime on the corner
Hoping for some rain
Looks like it's hoping
Hoping for some rain

from Gil Scott-Heron – Winter In America Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The Constitution was supposed to stand for justice and equality. Gil is saying that those elements have long been dead. And now democracy is also dead. Ragtime is a form of music that was popular in the early 20th century, but no more.

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