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In sum, Mosley fingers the primary force that oppresses the majority of Americans: the tiny but powerful number of individuals and business entities who control the vast majority of wealth in the United States and around the world.
However, if a minister dare preach on money or the way capitalism oppresses the poor, he should send out his resume.
For in this line the speaker gives the blues ("Music") the same role as the earth - it relentlessly oppresses.