This is a single track from my upcoming album, devoted to social justice peace and equality in Chicago, the US and the world abroad.
*NO ONE IS ILLEGAL*
*SI SE PUEDE*
I'm riding home in a warm car
to my warm bed, where I will rest well-fed.
They're sprawled out on the seats of the subway car.
Newspaper blankets, free sample banquets.
You know I'll never be grateful enough for the fact that I can afford
to spend each day making sure I never get bored.
They don't even day dream of having the privilege of being jaded
Cuz not a moment can be wasted, when you're existence is faded.
To live like a human being you're gonna have to earn it.
Through inheritance, birthright, and luck.
And if you want the things you need,
you're gonna need a little more.
So what happens when you can't get hired?
Innocent though you may be, by your skin you are outlived.
Months go by, you're getting tired.
It's time to do the thing, into which you swore you'd never give.
You learn that regret manifests in the form of mandatory minimums and you share the pain with your pap,
both awaiting old age in the same goddamn prison.
So this is what happens to a good person, just another one
of two million invisible rocks stuck orbiting a center mass of lovelessness.
"Is there a God above me who knows I go hungry to feed
the little ones I love, and convince them we've got enough?
Pretty soon they'll grow up and wonder what to trust and wonder
'How on earth did things get so fucked?' "
"To meet my basic needs is the prize of a lottery but
I never entered, so where did I mess up?
No I don't think that I did. I was born just like this."
When fate is known from birth, we accept what they say we're worth.
*THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DIVIDED*
released January 13, 2017
All material and words written by Jed Lickerman
Everything performed by Jed Lickerman except:
Live drums: Anthony Mest
Live bass: Simon Ciaccio
Rhodes key board: Leif Opland
Chants: Anthony Beck
Produced by Jed Lickerman and Anthony Beck.
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Anthony Beck at Bluetone studios in Chicago, IL.
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