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Bayani
Blue Scholars
Producer: Sabzi
2007

Verse 1:

Uh, and it begins where we left

A brother chased after by death until he catches his breath

We embarked upon a long march too weary to rest

Now tell me who would ever have guessed that at the top of the west

A party rocker and a poet might collectively have written another chapter

In this fight against this self-described right, but not righteous

It's highly unlikely we'll take it lightly when a thousand of my compatriots are evacuatin' nightly

From one ave to another, University to Beacon

The body was never meant neither to last to be beaten

But Buddhas in the streets teachin' a lesson to kids in the cold

And if I tell all of mine there's other stories to be told

Had a lot of good brothers either my age or younger

Who copped the first album when it dropped now gone under

And they say progress but the fact is

Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy is lookin' like the street we named after him

Permanently under construction, the people hustlin'

Despite the pain and sufferin' the energy we've mustered in

South side Seattle there's a whole lot happenin'

Where so called soul mates are stabbin' each other's scapulas

Melancholy hopeful I capture the present moment we consummated the marriage of beats, rhymes, and atonement

In each mind resides a potential so potent they make us think that we ain't got it

If we did then we'd control shit

Organizin' and prioritizin' what's important

I'm just tryin' to raise the scene while the homies have abortions

No distortion to the static

I hold the mic and pass it to the future schools in session but there won't be any classes

Happy to see family back, from ten months in Iraq

For fallen comrades rockin' a black wrist band

It's just a glimpse of what you missed when you gone

We held you down and kept chanting now "bring 'em back home"

 

Hook:

We say bring 'em back home

For my brothers and my sisters who've been gone too long

We say bring 'em back home, and I don't wanna have to keep on singin' this song

We say bring 'em back home, for my brothers and my sisters who've been gone too long we say

Bring 'em back home, and I don't wanna have to keep on singin' this song

 

Verse 2:

And somewhere a soldier kissed his family goodbye

And he was walking like a warrior the water in his eyes

He left in late September said he'll be back in July

Now the child is asking mommy "Why did daddy have to die?"

She says he fought for freedom, but she knows it's just a lie

Cause her father was a veteran with benefits denied

Now the fire in her eyes burn brighter with the passin' of the minutes into hours and the hours into days and

Days turned to night, nights turned to face the other way

One sister strong holding down the whole family

It's just one in over three thousand casualties and back home we battle with the apathy

We chantin' now

 

Repeat hook

 

Verse 3:

So next time you see recruiters in your school or your crib

Tell 'em thank you for the offer but you'd rather you lived

We got more than just our bodies to offer

So fuck a coffin wrapped in red, white, and blue, withdraw passed due

We disgusted with the fact we pay taxes to build tanks

Still dropping one twomp and a half to fill tanks

Got a China man's chance to fill banks like Phil Banks

For soldiers in the future givin' thanks in advance we say

 

Repeat hook

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