Black History Month – Day 16

Lyrics are an integral part of MUSIC. But sometimes, some of us get so CAUGHT UP in the dancing and beats, we stop listening to the words. Here are few examples of the time our artists tried to connect with us. Tomorrow I will include Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar

 

“Scream” – Michael Jackson f/ Janet Jackson

First Verse
[Michael]
Tired of injustice. Tired of the schemes. The lies are disgusting, so what does it mean?
Kicking me down, I got to get up. As jacked as it sounds, yhe whole system sucks

[Janet] Peek in the shadow, come into the light. You tell me I’m wrong, then you better prove you’re right.
You’re sellin’ out souls but I care about mine. I’ve got to get stronger and I won’t give up the fight.

Bridge
[Michael]
With such confusions don’t it make you wanna scream. Your bash abusin’ victimize within the scheme.
[Janet]
You try to cope with every lie they scrutinize
[Both] Somebody please have mercy ’cause I just can’t take it

Hook
Stop pressurin’ me
Just stop pressurin’ me
Stop pressurin’ me
Make me wanna scream (2x)

Second Verse
[Michael]
Tired of you tellin’ the story your way. It’s causin’ confusion. You think it’s okay

[Janet]
You keep changin’ the rules while I keep playin’ the game. I can’t take it much longer. I think I might go insane

[Michael]
With such confusion don’t it make you wanna scream. Your bash abusin’ victimize within the scheme.
[Janet] You find your pleasure scandalizin’ every lie
[Both] Oh father, please have mercy ’cause I just can’t take it.

Hook
Stop pressurin’ me
Just stop pressurin’ me
Stop pressurin’ me
Make me wanna scream
Stop pressurin’ me
Just stop pressurin’ me
Stop *?!@#!in’ with me
Make me wanna scream

[Janet]
“Oh my God, can’t believe what I saw as I turned on the TV this evening. I was disgusted by all the injustice. All the injustice”
[Michael]
“All the injustice”

(in video this was the dance break)
[News Man]
“A man has been brutally beaten to death by police after being wrongly identified as a robbery suspect. The man was an 18 year old black male…”

[Michael]
With such collusions don’t it make you wanna scream. Your bash abusin’ victimize within the scheme
[Janet]
You try to cope with every lie they scrutinize
[Both] Oh brother please have mercy. ‘Cause I just can’t take it

Hook
Stop pressurin’ me
Just stop pressurin’ me
Stop pressurin’ me
Make me wanna scream (4x)

 

“Changes” – 2Pac

First Versie
I see no changes. Wake up in the morning and I ask myself, “Is life worth living? Should I blast myself?”
I’m tired of bein’ poor and even worse I’m black. My stomach hurts, so I’m lookin’ for a purse to snatch.
Cops give a damn about a Negro. Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he’s a hero.
Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare.
First ship ’em dope and let ’em deal to brothers. Give ’em guns, step back, and watch ’em kill each other.
“It’s time to fight back”, that’s what Huey said. 2 shots in the dark now Huey’s dead.
I got love for my brother, but we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other.
We gotta start makin’ changes. Learn to see me as a brother ‘stead of 2 distant strangers.
And that’s how it’s supposed to be. How can the Devil take a brother if he’s close to me?
I’d love to go back to when we played as kids but things changed, and that’s the way it is

[Bridge]
That’s just the way it is. Things’ll never be the same.
That’s just the way it is, aww yeah (2x)

Second Verse
I see no changes. All I see is racist faces. Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races, we under.
I wonder what it takes to make this one better place… let’s erase the wasted.
Take the evil out the people, they’ll be acting right. ‘Cause both black and white are smokin’ crack tonight.
And only time we chill is when we kill each other. It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other.
And although it seems heaven sent, we ain’t ready to see a black President, uhh.
It ain’t a secret don’t conceal the fact… the penitentiary’s packed, and it’s filled with blacks.
But some things will never change. Try to show another way, but they stayin’ in the dope game.
Now tell me what’s a mother to do? Bein’ real don’t appeal to the brother in you.
You gotta operate the easy way. “I made a G today” But you made it in a sleazy way.
Sellin’ crack to the kids. “I gotta get paid.” Well hey, well that’s the way it is.

[Bridge]

[Talking:]
We gotta make a change…
It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live
and let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do
what we gotta do, to survive.

Third verse
And still I see no changes. Can’t a brother get a little peace? There’s war on the streets and the war in the Middle East.
Instead of war on poverty, they got a war on drugs so the police can bother me.
And I ain’t never did a crime I ain’t have to do. But now I’m back with the facts givin’ ’em back to you.
Don’t let ’em jack you up, back you up, crack you up and pimp smack you up.
You gotta learn to hold ya own. They get jealous when they see ya with ya mobile phone.
But tell the cops they can’t touch this. I don’t trust this, when they try to rush I bust this.
That’s the sound of my tool. You say it ain’t cool, but mama didn’t raise no fool.
And as long as I stay black, I gotta stay strapped and I never get to lay back.
‘Cause I always got to worry ’bout the payback. Some buck that I roughed up way back…
Comin’ back after all these years. Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat. That’s the way it is.

[Bridge ’til fade:]
Some things will never change

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