Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BHM: #TuneTuesday - Black Rage



Last year Lauryn Hill released a self-described "sketch" of her song "Black Rage," which she dedicated to the people fighting for racial equality in Ferguson, Missouri. "An old sketch of 'Black Rage,' done in my living room," the singer wrote on her website of the tune that dates back to at least 2012. "Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO."

Hill sings the melody to "My Favorite Things," from Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, but she has changed the lyrics – posted on her website – to ones describing the many factors that inspire "black rage." Hill had previously recited the song's lyrics as a poem in 2012 on her Life Is Good/Black Rage tour with Nas.
"I use the performance platform as an opportunity to express the energy of that moment, and the intention behind it," she said of the song at the time. "I've been a long-standing rebel against the stale, over-commoditization. As artists, we have an opportunity to help the public evolve, raise consciousness and awareness, teach, heal, enlighten and inspire in ways the democratic process may not be able to touch. So we keep it moving."
The lyrics are below:

Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person
Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens,
Black human packages tied up with strings,
Black rage can come from all these kinds of things.
Black rage is founded on blatant denial
Squeezed economics, subsistence survival,
Deafening silence and social control.
Black rage is founded on wounds in the soul!

When the dogs bite, when the beatings,
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad!

Black rage is founded: who fed us self hatred
Lies and abuse while we waited and waited?
Spiritual treason, this grid and its cages
Black rage was founded on these kinds of things.
Black rage is founded on draining and draining,
Threatening your freedom to stop your complaining.
Poisoning your water while they say it’s raining,
Then call you mad for complaining, complaining
Old time bureaucracy drugging the youth,
Black rage is founded on blocking the truth!
Murder and crime, compromise and distortion,
Sacrifice, sacrifice, who makes this fortune?
Greed, falsely called progress,
Such human contortion,
Black rage is founded on these kinds of things

So when the dog bites, when the beatings,
And I’m feeling mad,
I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad!

Free enterprise, is it myth or illusion?
Forcing you back into purposed confusion.
Black human trafficking or blood transfusion?
Black rage is founded on these kinds of things.
Victims of violence both psyche and body
Life out of context is living ungodly.
Politics, politics
Greed falsely called wealth
Black rage is founded on denying of self!

So when the dog bites
And the beatings
And I’m feeling so sad
I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t feel so bad!

It has been 6 months since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

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