Singing Ourselves Free - EP

by Songs in the Key of Free

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1.
What I’ve seen Are men like me been bleedin’ in the streets Of a nation that has lost sight of its dream Of life and liberty For all and it just makes me wanna scream But I can’t breathe When hands that serve are squeezin’ life from me And those who lead are deaf to all our pleas They’re blind to all we see Refuse to give even an inch it seems And I can’t breathe What we need Is to separate the answers from the greed Is to search our souls and find out who are we And what must go between The same and where we truly want to be But I can’t breathe No, I can’t breathe I can’t breathe If we believe That change happens like magic, we’re deceived We each must use our tools and energy To change things gradually And sacrifice in order to achieve But I can’t breathe When hands that serve are squeezin’ life from me And those who lead are deaf to all our pleas They’re blind to all we see Refuse to give an inch it seems And we can’t breathe If folks on top won’t give a crumb or seed The folks in need they can get no relief From crushing poverty And what seems like a lastin’ legacy And we can’t breathe No, we can’t breathe We can’t breathe
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Million dollar blocks, aye, what’s a million dollar block A million dollar block is when they circulate money in one spot Then the Feds a go and market with a dot, and they say We gone lock in as many as we can lock, and turn this to a million dollar block What’s a million dollar block, What’s a million dollar block Aye, what’s a million dollar block for that million dollars Federal indictments, confidential informants They got ya phone tap, aye, be careful what you sayin’ on it Million dollar block, aye, how much money can you save before you make it to the top, aye, Last month he made 30 grand and he was feeling like the man Until they ran up in his spot, aye aye, neighbors like they finally caught him Moving on the low they wonder what they found up on him wearing all his designer And pulling through in forgiens He wasn’t even selling drugs we was tryin’ to warn him On just one city block America spends a million dollars just to board us On buses, lock up citizens, it cost us no justice It cost a million dollars a year, and it’s “just-us” Doin’ bids leaving kids we can never raise Million dollar blocks up and down like an elevator And all I really want is just some food in the refrigerator Taxpayers lose a million dollars just to incarcerate us Million dollar blocks, aye, what’s a million dollar block A million dollar block is when they circulate money in one spot Then the Feds a go and market with a dot, and they say We gone lock in as many as we can lock, and turn this to a million dollar block What’s a million dollar block, What’s a million dollar block Aye, what’s a million dollar block for that million dollars Get bread lil cuzzin hold ya head, If you turn Fed might make it to your bed A little earlier than you was plannin’ on Get the picture, lemme give you somethin’ you can hang it on Lil insight, wasn’t meant to 2 pitch white Everything ain’t 4 everybody and the big homie Put me D told me keep quiet, Working on the O tryina score and get up out it, Watch listen learn ‘till you gain a little milage, ‘Till it feels like you can’t stop like Miley, Cirus, Won’t stop young gunz stylin’, whilin I ain’t need the clipse my man got it, grindin’ Tryina get a lot of guap hope homie Don’t fold colleague 2 a cop You could even get shot, Don’t get knocked on that million dollar block
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Welcome Home 03:28
You’ve been breathing retribution for so very long. Paid the price for things you did when you were living wrong. Don’t imagine it’s easy doing hard time when you got family out here waiting on the sideline. When you were young you acted crazy like a Frankenstein. Had no self-control, just wild and blind But we can see your maturity. You got some college, found God, Now you’re teaching GED There will surely come a day When you will hear your family say Welcome home. Welcome home. Welcome home. Don’t matter how the world will change Our love for you will stay the same. Welcome home. Welcome home. Welcome home. We celebrate the holidays every year, Christmas, New Years, Birthdays, Anniversaries. None of it’s the same when you’re not here. See you on a visit. Hear your voice on a cell phone. Cards and letters say, “We miss you, when you comin’ home?” Don’t imagine that it’s easy doing hard time When you got family out here waiting on the sideline.

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released June 16, 2017

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Challenging mass incarceration through collaborative arts practice & creating partnerships with inside artists through musicianship and songwriting

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