Yo...on The Amen, Corner I stood lookin at my former hood
Felt the spirit in the wind, knew my friend was gone for good
Threw dirt on the casket, the hurt, I couldn't mask it
Mixin down emotions, struggle I hadn't mastered
Common came back to Chicago for the funeral of a close friend. Although he achieved success and moved away, he hasn’t learned to cope with the death of his friend yet.
Amen Corner is also likely a reference the the James Baldwin play of the same name, set in Brooklyn and discussing the failure of the church in poor black communities.
It’s also a play on words: musicians “mix down” and “master” songs. Common is having trouble “mixing down” and “mastering” his emotions and struggle.
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