Album

Yuri Kochiyama


Cinémetropolis
Blue Scholars
Producer: Sabzi
2011

Verse 1:

Oh, yeah!

I got that third world militant, still think it's relevant

Even if them kids copped the shirts and stopped wearin 'em

Humbled in the presence of the veterans

And not the ones who picked up their guns

But who picked up their brethren and sister and

History in the making I was witnessin'

Listenin', seein' this old Japanese lady with a sticker on her walker, said "Free Mumia" and

This was before the Trustafarians were sayin' it

Taking it for granted that we talk about the 60's and

Never get to talk to anybody who done live this shit and still exist

Or better yet, shit, she still resist, speaking to a myriad of young, dumb and ignorant kids

I was one of 'em

Stuck around lingering

Said that "It's a privilege to meet you in person" and

She took my hand, said "It's good to meet you too"

And when I'm out of school asked me what I'm gonna do

I had to think about it, but truth is I knew

That it was something for the youth and shit

Truly I'd probably be a teacher if the music didn't make enough

To make me wanna gamble on it's sustenance

And that's why I'm writing this, to tell ya'll

From a scholar

 

Hook:

When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama

Holla, swear to my kasamas

When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama

And if she ever hear this its an honor

Cause when I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama

Imma, serve the people proper

When I grow up I wanna be like Yuri Kochiyama

When I grow up I wanna be like Yuri Kochiyama

When I grow up I wanna be like Yuri Kochiyama

 

Verse 2:

I see the picture up in Life magazine

You were sittin' front seat for Malcolm's last speech

Saw the first man with the shotgun (Boom)

Two more came to get the job done

Now who would've thought that it'd be you holding him?

I wonder what you felt when his eyes were going dim

And if he never died, would we know that he exists?

Or would he have been the leader that we always seem to miss?

Now there's no taking back whatever happens in our midst

You remind me that it's more than just a martyr and a myth

You could've said it quits many times ever since and you find

There will always be a reason for the fist

The last one to hold him could've been somebody else

You'd still be remembered for the people that you helped

They said to keep trying but never losing hope

Revolutionaries die, but the revolution don't

And it won't and I put that

On my momma

 

Hook:

Cause when I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama

Holla, swear to my kasamas

When I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama

And if she ever hear this it's an honor

Cause when I grow up I wanna be just like Yuri Kochiyama

Imma, serve the people proper

When I grow up I wanna be like Yuri Kochiyama

When I grow up I wanna be like Yuri Kochiyama

When I grow up I wanna be like Yuri Kochiyama



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