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They teach me to erase that brown, subconsciously I lose my crown/
‘Til I don’t even recognize the person that’s inside me now/
We came from the slums once, now livin’ the humdrum/
In search for the green funds, we never can keep one/
My mama on 9-5, then switch to an 8-1/
An immigrant family losin’ our names, and our face, and the place that we came from/
These institutions working, the devil prove he lurkin’/
They shoot us down but first when, we play the part and curtains/
Open up til we prefer them, ‘til we don’t know we hurtin’/
‘Til we become a version: a self that’s lost it’s worth/
So how can I breathe in this land of the free?/
My people aint free when the freedom ain’t free/
I look in the mirror then all that I see/
Is a version of me that they want me to be/
Plus all of these lies I adopted see/
I’ll never be what they want me to be/
The devil’s at work and he lookin’ like me/
Can you tell me my worth? and I’ll pay you the fee/
‘Til I fall on my knees and I’m feelin’ defeat/
And so give me a reason, the image they feed/
To the flows that I breathe ‘cuz we parted the sea/
Can you pardon my speech? And the accent I speak?/
I whiten my skin ‘cuz it’s all that I see/
No image of me represented to be/
Myself so I’m looking for ways I could be/
Exactly like people they teach me to be!/


from CIRCA91, released October 3, 2017
Produced by Fatgums
Guest Vocals by Evelyn Ballais Peters
Sound Design by Ray "Gammaray" Sutton
Guitar by Chris Baylon


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