Текст песни Talib Kweli - The Proud

[Intro:]The proud. Stand tall or don't stand at all, come on. Uhh, yeah. Break it down. What we do?[Hook:]We survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideJune 11, 2001. Timothy McVeigh is executed and the country breathe a sigh of relief. Goodness prevails over evil, it seems. Somehow when he's gone, we feel safer. Little do we know[Verse 1:]Today the paper say Timothy McVeigh's in hellSo everything's okay and all must be wellI remember Oklahoma when they put out the blazeAnd put Islamic terrorist bombing, on the front pageIt's like saying only gays get AIDS, propagandaLike saying the problem's over when they locked that man upWrong! It's just the beginning, the first inningBattle for America's soul, the devil's winningThe President is Bush, the Vice President's a DickSo a whole lot of fucking is what we gon' getThey don't wanna raise the babies, so the election is fixedThat's why we don't be fucking with politicsThey bet on that, parents fought and got wet for thatHosed down, bit by dogs, and got blacks into house arrest for thatIt's all good except for that, we still poorMoney, power and respect is what we kill for, for real[Hook:]It's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideAugust 4, 2001. A drunken police officer mows down an entire family in Brooklyn. The judge lets him go with no bail. It reminds us, of just how worthless our lives are to the justice system. I struggle, to explain the situation to my son, it's hard[Verse 2:]Niggas with knowledge is more dangerous than than niggas with gunsThey make the guns easy to get and try to keep niggas dumbTarget the gangs and graffiti with the Prop 21I already know the deal, but what the fuck do I tell my son?I want him living right, living good, respect the rulesHe's five years old and he still thinking cops is coolHow do I break the news that when he gets some sizeHe'll be perceived as a threat or see the fear in they eyesIt's in they job description to terminate the threat

So 41 shots to the body is what he can expectThe precedent is set, don't matter if he follow the lawI know I'll give my son pride and make him swallow it all (Damn!)Fuck the pigs! I think the pigs killed Big and 'Pac tooIf they didn't they know who did, they got to!Who they serve and protect, nigga not youCops shot off of ten G's, but they got Glocks tooLet you protect yourself, or better yet respect yourselfStraight into the hospital is where you gotta check yourselfThey be getting tips from snitches and rival crewsDoing them favors, so they working for the drug dealers tooJust business enforcers with hate in they holstersShoot you in the back, won't face you like a soldierKurt Loder asked me what I say to a dead cop's wifeCops kill my people everyday, that's life[Hook:]We survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideSeptember 11, 2001. Terrorists attack the Pentagon and the World Trade Center kills thousands and permanently scars America's false sense of security. We see the best examples of humanity in the face of the worst. As firefighters, police officers, rescue workers and volunteers of all sorts, fight to save lives. The world will never be the same again[Verse 3:]My heart go out to everybody at Ground ZeroRed, black, yellow, white and brown heroesIt's more complicated than black and whiteTo give your own life is the greatest sacrificeBut it's hard for me to walk down the blockSeeing rats and roaches, crack viles and 40 ounce postersPeople broken down from years of oppressionBecome patriots when they way of life is threatenedIt's a hard conversation to haveWe lost kids, moms and dads, people ready to fight for the flagDamn, when did shit get this bad?America kill the innocent too, the cycle of violence is sadDamn! Welcome to the world, we hereWe've been at, war for years but it's much more clearWe got to face what lies aheadFight for our truth and freedom and, ride for the dead[Hook:]We survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to rideWe survive, it's more than prideWe stay alive, ready to ride
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