Singing Ourselves Free - EP

by Songs in the Key of Free

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released June 16, 2017

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Songs in the Key of Free Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

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Track Name: I Can't Breathe
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
Track Name: Million Dollar Blocks
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
Track Name: Welcome Home
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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