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Curtain Call

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Check this South East, mouthpiece, hit ‘em with that loud speech/
Funny that they doubt me, muthafukka crown me!/
I’ll be rowdy, what you know about me?/
Fuck all of that formulaic image that they tout me!/
Act out, lash out, here to take the fast route/
Brown out, I spazz out, then do it till I pass out/
No cutout, or layout, cuz Ima get that phased out/
My face out, my fist proud, so can you taste my name now?/
The hell that I raise now, I break out my place now/
No fakin’ my face now, I'm takin’ my name now/
They greyed out, they gave doubt/
The pigs out, no bail out/
They made graves, but gave out/
A false hope, we pray ‘bout/
This country of dreams, but weaved in the seams, a system that feeds/
On people that’s seen oppression, that means, a pyramid scheme/
What’s in it for me? We searchin for cream,
in love with the green/
American dream, a fantasy theme, they runnin’ supreme/
Your back to the wall, your knees to the cracks/
Can’t breathe when you lack the freedom, with that/
They stab in the front ‘til you bleed in the back/
They point and attack, ‘til you crack and that’s that/
Eat up the facts, they feeding you, that’s/
A key to the hack when they need you to act/
In a way so they keep you believing you lack/
Any sense of yourself ‘til you don’t get it back/

Oh oh, when it’s curtain call oh, oh x4

Cuz when its curtain call,
who’s the person after all?/
When the truth all start to fall/
Will you rise or will you fall?/
Systems that be standin tall/

All the powerful involved/
They been hopin that you fall/
Will you rise or will you fall?/
Tell me when its curtain call/

Oh oh, when it’s curtain call oh, oh x4

Cuz when it’s curtain call, will they all give you applause?/
For playin’ the part they called you to be, you lose it all/
Hopin’ that you don’t evolve, ‘cuz they know that’s the pitfall/
Are you in it for the haul? Play a role and be involved/
Did you follow protocol? Like they wanted you to brawl/
Bloody knuckles ‘til you fall, curtains drawn ‘til you withdraw/
Everything about you, nah, you don’t recognize at all/
Person that you were, that’s all, this is when it’s curtain call/
This is when it’s curtain call/


‘Cuz when the show ends and it’s curtain call,
you die, you die/x4


from CIRCA91, released October 3, 2017
Produced by Digital Martyrs


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