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Sins Of The Now

Artist:Andrew Huang  Album:Cosmos 

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I was born with freedoms but we all inherit the baggage All inherit the madness of culture and soul ravaged And there’s only so much that heals with time’s passage And anyway I’d rather take action than an adage Blending in with the sharks that I’m swimming with Learned to play nice with the great whites Raising civil kids who can’t seem to recognize privilege And my mission is I’m just trying to build a bridge With my sisters and brothers of other colors With the promise of being free and unencumbered They throw us shade in the day And out the lights when the sun is under Forcing us to come in numbers So now there’s riots for rights, minors are dying tonight Coolies’ american dreams are featuring China at night Some came to work for a living, some didn’t have any choice And now they’re dying in a country that denies them a voice And they all have families, and those families live on Still proud to be from ‘round here though they’ve got to wake up at dawn To start a ten mile walk or lay in back of a truck To get to work at a job that doesn’t pay them enough And then on top being told that they don’t belong any places ‘Cause every color that isn’t beige needs qualifications Saying Latin-American African-American Asian-American To people who’ve never set foot outside the nation Don’t get me started on Native American Look up the actual dictionary definition of "native" Verses that I’m killing like they did defenseless children Whether smallpox or slaughter, taking these lives by the millions And now they’re scared of a foreigner who’s not even a foreigner Makes me want to do some shit - somebody call in the coroner Someone sail in a ship, pull it up to the coast Start naming states and provinces, start turning people to ghosts Put a flag in the ground, spread some deadly disease Put the locals to war, get them down on their knees And when they’re dead from the sickness or finished fighting your battles Then corral them like cattle, also kill all the cattle Burn down the lifestyle and culture Even the forest, ignite it This is manifest destiny, I can dream, I can write it Let all us modern day North Americans see how we like it Sins of the now I’m still dreaming I haven’t lost that feeling But I need something more to believe in Need something more to believe in I’m still dreaming About a light down the road I’ve been seeing But I need something more to believe in Need something more to believe From other tyrants’ smoke, we were taking cover Searching high and low for a paper mother Trying to sow the seeds of a new life in China Cove Inscribing poems on the walls of barracks disguised as homes Clipped their wings and they called it Angel Island Though why would we fly any closer to a coast of violence With no rights to testify against whites Barred from business licenses and real estate rights A lot of colonies had salient convictions The UK label was “aliens restriction" Mother maple had a head tax fail us An Aussie policy literally called "White Australia" Six decades of a Chinese Exclusion Act Had a president executive producing that And 442 came home from war to prove They were fighting for some brutes still trying to shoot a Jap And today you’re still afraid and worrying Another pioneer is gonna come and take your work again They’ve got entire police forces murdering NY or Chi-town, LA to Ferguson Now calling for cameras on coppers And not the kind in the coffers

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