From the album Southern Black Gentleman

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Produced by Skematics

Lyrics

What image can I create that ain’t been done already (huh)
What statement can I make that you ain’t heard can you tell me (uhh)
Talk about God, talk about hell, talk about the hood hard life oh yeah
Anything else that is old news and I got something new to tell oh well
Nothing is new under the sun so I’m a go ahead and claim my space
You ain’t got to be like nobody else not much more time for us to waste
Get caught in that paper chase or chase the freedom for yo soul and mind
You can work hard to stack, but tell me this what’s at the end of yo grind uhh
CHORUS (2X)
Rise up GET on UP HIGH
SPREAD YOU WINGS YOU GONNA FLY
TAKE YOUR BURDENS UP TO THE SKY
RISE UP, GET ON UP HIGH
You can get a piece or be a symbol of peace be walking poetry
I will make a statement now so when you hear this whenever you’ll know its me
Got out of poverty but I’m never stopped being hungery
I’m sure some are wondering where your boy came from here’s a summary
Dirty dirty southern southern country country man what I be
Educated stimulated frustrated leader come follow me
To the valley in the alley we don’t dilly dally not in Cali but we in Ra AHleigh
We ain’t happy but we flashy some is ashy and we classy hell no we ain’t so orry
CHORUS (2X)
Rise up GET on UP HIGH
SPREAD YOU WINGS YOU GONNA FLY
TAKE YOUR BURDENS UP TO THE SKY
RISE UP, GET ON UP HIGH
This ain’t no boys in da hood this boy jus be from the hood
Elevated outside of what was expected for me, some parts of it ain’t for my good
Other parts feel all to the bad wanting to get some of the things I never had
Like a fair chance to make it and not thinking that my life could ever be all to the bad
What do you call that reality we in a war there will be casualties
We drink contaminated water, eat bad food and balling on a limited salary
And my ends week like Saturday running on low like batteries
That’s drained out but I came out straight out the factory from a new galaxy
Hey Leader that’s what I call soldiers fighting for the right cause
Its time to rise up army that ready to fight a war for all
All that’s poor, all that’s black all that’s brown if you white
Been left out in the cold then we need to fight fight tonight
CHORUS (2X)
Rise up GET on UP HIGH
SPREAD YOU WINGS YOU GONNA FLY
TAKE YOUR BURDENS UP TO THE SKY
RISE UP, GET ON UP HIGH