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Chorus

We Rise, can't hold us down
We Rise, We Rise We Rise
Hate crimes, land mines, long lines, steep fines
Police, Jim Crow, vote rights, jail time
We Rise, and over come
We Rise, We Rise, We Rise
Scholars, ballers, mothers, fathers
Teachers, griots, sheroes, gods

Verse #1

Living in a racist state
Trump denyin climate change
Poised to take our rights away
Going after Roe v. Wade
Closin down the border
Stop & Frisk to maintain order
The KKK parade
And hate crime sweeps like ebola
Red spreads across the map
Strain a die has been cast
The House, the Senate lost
Ya'll how long can it last
Feels the sun will never raise
Reminiscing better days
The sountry set ablaze
Greatness goin down in flames
On twitter in a haze
The pres elect dazed
Shit, even Bush abstained
From voting in this race
Republic has been stained
Rapist at the head of state
Copy cats groping women
Culprits lacking any shame
Police arresting victims
Merely trying to escape
The racist xenophobic bigots
Aim to beat and rape
Keep thinking to myself
Yo, when was it great
When was it white
How then gone make
How many will they hurt
Guiliani & Arpio
Racial profiling
Made legal nation wild
Deportation garrisons
Not safe to be brown
These Trumps working hard to
Turn our world upside down


Chorus

We Rise, can't hold us down
We Rise, We Rise We Rise
Hate crimes, land mines, long lines, steep fines
Police, Jim Crow, vote rights, jail time
We Rise, and over come
We Rise, We Rise, We Rise
Scholars, ballers, mothers, fathers
Teachers, griots, sheroes, gods


Verse #2

Friends afraid to leave home
Scared it could be lethal
To be caught alone
Cuz the white lash is real, yo
Emboldened by a Wallace
Trash talkin polis
A novice to the office
That doesn't rep the people
Promotes rape culture
Not reproductive rights
The spike in I.U.D. requests
A preemptive strike
The racism denied
By a public color-blind
Disgorges from its camouflage
But there's nothing new about this entourage


Bridge

Never stop, never not been struggle
Always fight, for the folx we're lovin
Been through, hell as a people and come up
Against all odds, cuz our faith be stronger
We have hope, cuz our vision is longer
We rise, en masse, power in number
Pincer, flank, leave no escape open
Protest, politics, economics, Snowden
Filabuster everything, till docket be swollen
Boycott, strike, hit'em where it hurts chok'em
Take up arms, if it goes there, Panthers
Flood with art, poet, hip hop, dancers
It's our duty, to win our, FREEDOM
By any means necessary, we will, beat'em
We been through worse
And overcome hard
And now it's time
To play our Trump card


Verse #3

For us to ever make
This america great
Which it's never really been
for all, here is what's at stake
the colonizer's offspring
expatriation
enormous debts repaid
enforced through reparations
the Buffalo, free to roam
The #DAPL gone, a cap put on emissions
Muslims have the freedom of religion
We achieve, and, then we keep
Black and Brown liberation
Bring an end to LGBTQ
Discrimination
Displacin men, deflatin
Patriarchy's foundation
Restoring Matriarchal;
Leadership's concentration
Abolish deportation
& the U.S. Constitution's crime clauses
In the 13th & 14th Amendments


Chorus

We Rise, can't hold us down
We Rise, We Rise We Rise
Hate crimes, land mines, long lines, steep fines
Police, Jim Crow, vote rights, jail time
We Rise, and over come
We Rise, We Rise, We Rise
Scholars, ballers, mothers, fathers
Teachers, griots, sheroes, gods

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from Into the Struggle, released November 20, 2016

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