Lyrics

- SAMPLE -‘When A Child Dies’ by Mumia Abu Jamal:“Newsbreak: Cleveland officials announce no charges to be files in the police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. There is something shattering about the death, the killing, of a child. When a child dies the natural order is torn, the stars weep and the earth quakes. We have become so accustomed to this system we suppose it is natural instead of a human imposition. Politicians in the pocket of so called police unions bow before bags of silver and blink away the death of a child – especially if a black child. What man-made institution is more precious than a child? What job? What so called profession? What office? What state? When a child dies, adults don’t deserve to breathe their stolen air. When a child dies, the living must not rest until they have purged the poison that dared harm such a one. When a child dies, time runs backward and attempts to right such a wrong. This should inspire movements worldwide to fight like never before. For something vile has happened before our eyes. A child has been killed, and in America – because it’s a black child – it means next to nothing. From Imprisoned Nation, this is Mumia Abu Jamal.”- INTRO -This one goes out to all the families. We understand. Any day - it could be any one of us.- HOOK -We stand here united to tell you we’ve had it to here/this disregard for human life, the blood, badges and tears/he never even got to say goodbye… goodbye…she never even got to say goodbye… goodbye…- VERSE -Shots fired - then I collapse and I feel the concrete pressing on my cheek/I can feel the blood filling my lungs and it’s getting hard to breathe/I can feel the shock kicking in as I try and scream for help/somebody tell me what I did wrong cuz I can’t even tell/I remember telling my wife and babies Daddy’d be home soon/never thought they’d have to get that call and hear that sad news/I remember hearing a voice shout ‘Hold it right there!’/then I turn around and pause staring at my worst nightmare/- HOOK -We stand here united to tell you we’ve had it to here/this disregard for human life, the blood, badges and tears/he never even got to say goodbye… goodbye…she never even got to say goodbye… goodbye…- VERSE -I can feel my phone in my right hand still clenched tight/getting colder by the second but if I try I think I just might/get a call out to my wife but what could I possibly tell her?/don’t be afraid? everything’s ok? and one day we’ll be together?/and - NO! a swift kick to my hand and now I’m on my own/I had planned to see my babies grow up but now I’m callin’ home/I feel my body turned over, he’s searching for weapons/I’m scared as hell that I’m gonna die and I’m not sure his intentions/I’m sorry Love, I know I promised you I’d always come back/but laying here in my own blood I just can’t promise you that/just hug my babies for me one last time and tell them I love them/being their daddy was the best, I can feel my body wants to rest/I close my eyes and take my last breath, please forgive me for leaving/…while I’m still breathing - please forgive me for leaving/- END SAMPLE -(actual confrontation between an unarmed citizen and first one, then two police officers with guns drawn)
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