Amadou Diallo September 2, 1975 – February 4, 1999

Amadou   (5:36)      

©2018 words and music by Sharleen Leahey

It was the very darkest night on Wheeler Avenue
A solitary man cut down in his own vestibule
Beside the bloodstained wall
Where the bullets flew
Lay Amadou

Four policemen walked past the disbelieving crowds
The rain began to pour so hard
As reporters made their rounds
Outside the courtroom door their lawyer took a bow
So proud he was so proud
Of what the jury said

“It’s time to celebrate” said a woman on TV
“They were only doing their jobs
Now it’s time to let ’em be”
So secure upon her porch in Suffolk County New York
So pleased she was so pleased
By what the jury said

The Mayor of New York decried all of the unrest
“There’s no more need to talk no
Our system is the best”
Quoting Thomas Jefferson on our great Democracy
“And don’t you forget don’t you forget don’t you forget
What the jury said”

’Twas the very saddest day on Wheeler Avenue
Candles flickered in the vestibule
Beside the bloodstained wall where the bullets flew
Where he died
Before they lied
His mother cried
His mother cried


Recorded on the CD "For The 99" released on 11-11-18
copyright words and music 2018 by Sharleen Leahey
August Echo Music (BMI) • All rights reserved
Vocals & Guitar: Sharleen Leahey
Saxophone: Diane Doolittle
Synthesizer, Bass & Lead Guitar: Kilday


In honor of Dr. King's Birthday Celebration at a church on Jerusalem Road . . . Sharleen Leahey sings "The Ballad of Martin Luther King" for a Baptist church congregation in Scotch Plains, New Jersey on January 27, 2011. The audience enthusiastically sings the chorus:



"I've been to the mountaintop . . .

Today I have a dream . . .

Let us never forget the words . . . 

Let us never forget the deeds . . . 

Let us never forget the dream of Martin Luther King"