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verse 1

thinking positive will help when the pressure is getting worse
feeling down is only something you feel when you don’t assert
life is low and it knows how to kick you right where it hurts
just another reason to disassemble the vision first
what is it worth a question i unearth from the date of birth
removed from my native dirt
to pursue an unaided thirst
-slavery made us work
while they hung us on day of church
- now they can aim and burst
and say it’s the way it work
i’m feeling the pain and the strain weighing me down
trying to think of a reason for putting up with these clowns
haven’t reached an elder age and don’t know if i can afford it
leading a black life thru vision that’s been distorted
feel like a walking corpse or target practice for enforcement
too dumb to get a head or so it’s thought by the majority
majority being the one’s holding the authority
lacking my support in the workforce laboratory


hook

there's no more future when your eyes are closed
better sleep with a wink or you could hide i suppose
keeping up with the present is a work of it’s own
only here for a minute once you reach than it’s gone


verse 2

want to keep with fight but it feels more like an uphill battle
seems like we’re cattle
on a steady course of being saddled
than slaughtered after use and called a nuisance to society
corner every store with liquor ending mind sobriety
this nation lied to me
all beings are never equal
among the dust and rubble just want to stand as people
does no one have a conscious fearing their own mortality
alone in the public eye left to be another fatality
black doesn’t mean i was born to be a gangster
black doesn’t mean i sell paraphernalia for paper
black isn’t really what they want you to see
because black is the person that represents the me


hook

there's no more future when your eyes are closed
better sleep with a wink or you could hide i suppose
keeping up with the present is a work of it’s own
only here for a minute once you reach than it’s gone

credits

from A Collection of Sounds, released October 23, 2017
Lyrics by 247
Beat produced by 247
video by 247

sample from "Afro Latin Soul" by Mulatu Astatke
mulatuastatke.bandcamp.com/track/mascaram-setaba-5

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