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GOD IS WHITE

  • THE SILENT DISSENTER
    Ain’t no power like the power of the people
    ‘Cos the power of the people don’t stop.
    
    Oh yeah…
    
    Brothers…
    
    Dissed by the rules… and you still say nuthin’
    Worked like a slave … and you still say nuthin’
    Beaten by the fuzz… and you still say nuthin’
    Scorned by the whites… and you still say nuthin’
    Turn up the amps, turn them all up
    Can’t you hear we’ve been listening to the wrong philosophy?
    There’s been nuthin’ but static buzzin’ and drowinin’ us out
    And screamin’, screamin’, screamin’…
    
    Oh yeah… 
    Listen out for The Silent Dissenter!
    Check The Right ‘cos now they speak from the centre!
    Listen out for The Silent Dissenter!
    
    … (repeat)
    
    You don’t give a fuck?
    
    They don’t ever need a reason
    They just second guessing anyway
    These pigs are pressin’, messin’ and nickel-pick undressin’
    Generally gettin’ on with the business of oppressin’
    ME
    With the cunning subtlety
    Of their lying
    Fiendish tongues
    
    Get up… get up off the floor
    
    Oh yeah!
    No-one listens to The Silent Dissenter!
    No-one listens to The Silent Dissenter!
    No-one listens to The Silent Dissenter!
    
    Ain’t no power like the power of the people
    ‘Cos the power of the people don’t stop.
  • GREED N MERCY
    Oh, Hunger is an old friend of mine, we sit and we toe the breadline
    The sun doesn't brighten our days, we don't even feel the weekend
    One day a thought occurred to me - I'd have to leave the continent
    I asked my friend and he agreed; one day we'll go our separate ways
    
    Oh, what they'd have us believe
    Oh, what they'd have us FORGET
    
    you'd think I'm overqualified, didn't need a degree to do this
    Fast foods or nursing the elderly, that's not how I imagined England
    They despise the fact that I exist, I guess it stands to reason
    'cos I'm a reminder of history, and I hurt their proud position
    
    Oh, what they'd have us believe
    oh, what they'd have us forget
    
    Rich Man asks Poor Man
    "When will you pay your debt?"
    Poor Man answers Rich Man
    "Forever, 'til my death"
    And it's not so different now (Greed)
    
    Change? 
    You said that you wanted to change?
    Nothing's changed
    
    Rich Man asks Poor Man
    "Why do you steal from me?"
    Poor Man answers Rich Man
    "How did you think I lived?"
    And it's not so different now (Greed)
    
    Change? 
    You said that you wanted to change?
    Nothing's changed
    
    And so I look in to your eyes
    And I see that
    I'm staring in to the eyes of death
    Oh my beautiful Africa
  • SNAPSHOT
    You speak your silence now
    You speak your silence but your silence is killing me
    You speak your silence now
    It's time to take another... 
    
    snapshot
    
    Let's contradict our fate
    Listen out for the new philosophy
    'Cos now they want to patent hate
    We'll watch a nation die of AIDs
    So let's get this culture straight
    Be aware of the will of our enemy
    Fight to set the record straight
    It's time to take another... another
    
    Snapshot.
    
    You speak your silence now
    I'm overcome but is it fear? Is it empathy?
    You're playing games with fate
    But I can't watch a nation die of AIDs
    This Ostrich Syndrome takes another and another
    Everyone looks the same through the blind eyes of history
    You wear indifference like a badge of honour
    It's time to take another... another
    
    Snapshot.
    
    
    Do you think I'd be better off in the ground?
    I'd make a martyr in the ground
    
    You love the anguish, you love the abuse
    You love it
    
    It's time to take another... 
    
    Snapshot
    
    Let's get this picture straight
    And this is the soundtrack - it's just one way to
    Try get the picture straight
    The revolution is in your head
  • THE NIGGERS WILL ELIMINATE THEMSELVES
    Forget about... like it's some other country - forget about it
    Forget about... move out from the city - forget about it
    Forget about your militant poetry - forget about it
    Forget about... the way it will always be - forget about it
    'Cos it's too late too late too late
    Sit back, sit back, sit back
    And watch them die
    On Prime Time TV
    
    Don't you look at me
    With cold hands
    And cold eyes
    
    
    Forget about... just erase your short memory - forget about it
    Forget about... don't let it trouble you - forget about it
    Forget about... Figures and numbers and - forget about it
    Forget about... They're not in your family - forget about it
    'Cos it's too late too late too late
    Sit back, sit back, sit back
    And watch them
    On Prime Time TV
    
    Don't look at me
    With cold hands
    And cold eyes
  • GOD IS WHITE
    Paranoia, that's how they got the license to truncheon
    as weapons of the state to take the "funk" out of "function",
    "To serve and protect" who?  I seen the whites of their eyes
    cuffing me in tears as I see through their lies
    and so reaction, man, at last I got an action, 
    a reason to be in a world of distractions - 
    "Be like me!  Be like me!" says some woman on TV,
    "Submit to the flag, turn your hate on a refugee!".
    
    Don't even have to look 'cos I got no doubt at all,
    live by the gun and by the bullet you fall…
    ...the master shall be walking but the servants will crawl…
    ...the sick and the weak will be chained on a ball…
    ...it's not in my head - the writing's on the wall…
    
    Do you know what they say, when they talk about us?
    Do you know what they say?
    
    "God is… God is watching us. "
    
    "Choices", they're talking about choices in a world
    where by the markets you're thrown and by the markets you're hurled
    and "liberty" what does it mean to be free
    to be swallowed by the ghettos made for those like me
    and I say violence follows vengeance and violence follows death
    they turn the temperature up for the ones they possess
    and there's a middle class, always so sleepy and bored,
    so the pleading and suffering of children's ignored,
    so if I call you a hypocrite - 
    don't be surprised I have seen the disguise.
    
    One rule for them - and another for us.
    
    Amen.
    
  • CHILD IN ARMOUR
    Hush...or they'll take away the little we have left
    I hold on this picture of a mother that I adore
    Why do we go to war? I don't know (I'm in the firing line)
    Death and glory; I killed my best friend, just took his life away-
    
    Hey!  Is this a way?  Is a way?
    Hey!  Has some-one taken over you?
    Hey!  Is this just blood and water?
    Hey!  Someone has manufactured, and you've got to wonder
    	to whom it matters?
    
    Maybe we can try to find a peace
    Even in this battered home we can try to find a peace
    How dark is the soul of a man to molest a child	as she?
    How dark has the continent to fall to repay the debt I'm feeling?
    
    Hey! ...
    
    But now it's all gone away
    And some-one else wants to play
    I'm just a victim of rape (twice over)
    Just a victim
    
    I live everyday like I'm some walking disaster
    With this gun in my hand, I think that this is my master
    'N this voice in my head, expectin' an answer
    It sings the devil's songs, but am I the dancer?
    Get out -
    I said "Get out of my head!"
    Get out - 
    I said "Get out of my mind!"
    
    You killed my mother
    You killed my father
    Killed my brother
    Killed my mother?
    
    Take this away
    
    But now it's all gone away
    And some-one else wants to play
    I'm just a victim of rape (twice over)
    Just a victim
    
    Killed my mother, killed my brother, killed my father
    Killed my mother?
    Please take this away
  • PLAYING WITH FIRE
    Let's face it, it's wasted, and the thought police can't taste it
    It's fascist, it's bondage, but who the hell has won this?
    He wants a piece, she wants a piece - now the cake is deceased!
    What's lacking in love is feeding the beast, he sold a gun now but talking of piece
    He had a right but he can't decide, not even to die dignified
    They dial nine nine nine, but I'd commit no crime; I'm stuck in time and I'm petrified
    "Don't mix the seed! Refuse to breed!" - the message of the Ku Klux Creed
    Check it out, is that a time-bomb tickin'? - set n primed, it's alive n kickin'!
    
    If you play with fire
    Then you will burn
    The smoke will clear
    But will you learn?
    
    Eugenics - the remix - taught by arrogant species
    The vulture is our culture but how the hell do we stop this?
    Raping the poorer, fucking the richer, but getting no nearer
    Sowing the hate 'cos he couldn't wait to jumpstart his career
    "The devil is here!  The Devil is now!" - come along and I'll show you how!
    They pulled one over, then knocked it over, and now we have a brand new fuhrer
    Is it too late to set it straight, or did 'The Devil' already impregnate?
    Check it out, is that a time-bomb tickin'? - set n primed, it's alive n kickin'!
    
    If you play with fire...
    
    I'm breaking out
    With my new skin
    I'm breaking out
    You don't let me begin
    
    Are they gonna weed us out one by one?
  • MEANWHILE SOUTH OF THE BORDER
    Well, here's coming at ya with the economic structural
    	adjustment program
    Fresh in from the North, special delivery, but don't you ever get caught tryin' ta hijack tha ticket
    From the day you were born you been ever in debt to me
    	for the sins of my ancestors
    You got to throw your books just to make ends meet?
    	I know ... but I forget sometimes
    Gather round, round the table; time to spice it up, 
    	to dice it, to slice it
    So if the shoe fits let them wear it, let them wear it out 
    	- Let them walk barefoot!
    I hear this voice that speaks inside of me, 
    	All that remains of the original cause
    But I've learned to ignore 'cos the wealth I adore
    	would be the first, the first to go if I...
    
    listen up
    Take a time out
    Change the sound
    We're gonna make the people
    
    Jump.
    I'm Speaking of war now!
    
    Well I hear what you say, big brother, brother ...
    	So wise on the moves when you state your play
    'Cos you're a winner - and man we all love a winner,
    	With the "who goes there?", swap one rule for the other 
    So break it down for me one more time; how do I suck you off?
    	D'ya want it fast or slow?
    'Cos I'm a whore, but you already raped me...
    	(OK, now bring in the bass line)
    Yo, we got it all set up 'cos now they hungry
    	But our belly full
    'Cos, ugh, you and me got it all worked out
    	My people work for free while they bury their fathers
    Whaddya mean ya don't remember me? I'm the country you drew
    Before you withdrew
    And now you can make a deposit to the New Bank of Switzerland
    	'Cos I refuse to
    
    chorus
    
    What more do you need?
    What more do you want from me?
    
    Let's make the people
    jump.
    I'm speaking of war now!
    
    Meanwhile, south of the border...
    Where you never look
  • BLACK BOY
    I died in custody
    Police brutality
    
    My story started way back
    Before I lived like a rat in tha kitchen
    I swear you’ve been here before
    You’ve seen this face – you’ve seen this face before
    Picking the fag butts off the floor
    Destined never to be more
    Deep in the underbelly
    Of “inclusive society” – not like a saint
    
    Never to be seen again
    
    You don’t like me or my urban poetry
    Deep beneath the epidermal layer
    Of your urban
    Metropolitan bliss – now face a score of us
    That’s why you’re scared of truth
    My lifelong mission’s been to figure you out
    Why I’m so UGLY to you, in the back of your mind
    Like a figment…
    
    Tell mama,
    “Once I’ve found my feet,
    I’ll be more than just a black boy”
    
    Police brutality
    In the 21st Century
  • SOEUR / PUTAIN
    You march but you're fake
    You speak to me nothing but hate
    You've no idea what's at stake
    Don't want to participate
    You lust without thought
    And swallow everything they taught
    You're scared of feeling pain
    And you're scared of getting caught
    Sometimes I think that I've lost my touch, when I'm on my own and I've had enough
    The glass has fallen - it's empty ; this time spent scratching my   head
    The snake that's coiled has strangled me, (and) now the venom's   kicking in
    That's how the virus breeds again, 'Cos I need another to take her  turn
    
    Here we go again (You're driving me insane)
    You drive me round the bend (You're driving me insane)
    Here we go again (You're driving me insane)
    The madness never ends (You're driving me insane)
    
    Shut your mouth
    Close your eyes
    Can you taste my acid tongue
    That feeds on your lies?
    
    (c)
    
    What the hell do you expect me to say
    When you continue to test me?
    This headache ain't going away
    Light the fire and try to impress me
    Always making the same mistakes
    Not for the first time this century
    Tie a rope or keep me in chains
    I'm dreaming of ending the misery
    
    (c)
    
    Now I know why... 
    I need calm
    Before you take away…
  • THE FINAL SOLUTION
    When I was young I was an alien
    I was scared I was the only one
    And I thanked God every day that I was so clever
    I couldn’t understand
    How I could be born only to die
    Yet the beating drum goes on forever
    
    I feel numb (I want to feel again)
    I feel numb (I want to feel again)
    I feel numb (I want to feel again)
    I feel numb (I want to feel again)
    
    Please some-one feast on my brain again
    Drain, drain, drain – though it makes me scream
    Don’t you think The Ice Queen will like me better?
    Shadows, shadows – I live off the dark I see
    Fading out before I can reappear
    Can’t let another take this heart in error
    
    Women hurt men (I want to love again)
    Men hurt women (I want to love again)
    I hate men? (I want to love again)
    I hate women? (I want to love again)
    
    I hated myself
    I wanted to die
    I hated myself
    I wanted to die
    
    I still do
    
    Come back... You’re not the only one!
    Come back... You’re not the only one!
    Come back... You’re not the only one!
    Come back... You’re not the only one!
    Come back... You’re not the only one!
    Come back... You’re not the only one!
    Come back... You’re not the only one!
    Come back... You’re not the only one!
    Come back... You’re not the only one!
    Come back... You’re not the only one!
  • THE TYRANT
    Shut up; now answer me
    Is there a reason you stayed?
    Where you praying for rain? Praying for rain...
    Fed them with fury
    Watched them bloating with rage
    You made a mistake, you made a mistake again
    
    I want to hear you scream out loud
    I am… I am… I am… I am…
    I want to hear the children sing
    I am… I am… I am… I am…
    
    Let's paint this picture black
    Erasing the fade
    Removing the blame, displacing the blame
    The war you thought you finished started again
    To our ancestors shame, we find ourselves shamed again
    
    I want to hear you scream out loud
    I am… I am… I am… I am…
    I want to hear the children sing
    I am… I am… I am… I am…
    
    Come on, Mutha Fucker
    Call a spade a spade
  • SEEKS ASYLUM
    Rise
    Rise
    Rise
    Rise
    
    Posession – nine tenths of the law and I’m a 
    Witness to a rotting of the core
    Of one nation – one that’s falling from grace
    And the hate has infected all that chose to embrace
    The “flood”, the blood, the whole kingdom’s irate
    The Mail, The Sun, When I read it irritates
    Burn my eyes with the lies, find a victim to hate
    Throw a finger to the beggar who dared to relate
    The “flood”, the blood, thw whole kingdom’s irate
    The rogue, the scum, how much more can we take?
    Said the “flood”, the blood, the whole kingdom’s irate
    The rogue, the scum, how much more can we take?
    
    Chorus:
    We’re gonna give (hide)... give (hide)...  give you up
    We’re gonna beat (hide)... beat (hide)... beat you up
    ‘Cos we love (hate)... love (hate)... love to HATE you
    And we’d hate (love)... hate (love)... hate to LOVE you
    
    We’re gonna send them back where they came from
    When we’ve finished they’ll think what they had was made for ‘em
    
    Chorus
    
    I’ve got nothing left to say to you
    (A labour of love… This White Man’s Love
    A labour of love … That broke his heart, his bleeding heart
    A labour of love … For this White Man’s love, this White Man’s love)
    
    Chorus
    
    Keep the races pure...
    Keep our country tidy
    
    NO!
    Go back go back go back go back go back
    There’s no room here
    Go back go back go back go back go back
    There’s no room here (disappear)
    Go back go back go back go back go back
    There’s no room here 
    Go back go back go back go back go back
    There’s no room here (and have no fear)
    
    Keep the races pure
    Keep our country tidy
    
    Why can’t we stop this and rise
    Rise
    Rise 
    Rise
    Rise