I ain’t got no home, ain’t got no shoes
Ain’t got no money, ain’t got no class
Ain’t got no friends, ain’t got no schooling
Ain’t got no hurt, ain’t got no job
Ain’t got no money, no place to stay
Ain’t got no

Programmed inequity, it’s in the nervous system
Listen, watch the words, how they twist ’em
Two thirds of the world turned victim
Subtle energy, they capture and block chi
The unseen violence behind the democracy
Some call it hypocrisy, turn freeman into property
And logically justify not treatin’ ’em properly
Invisible ink in the constitution
Meant to preserve the institution, unequal distribution
Of wealth, goods and services
Revolvin’ door, no floor, just anxiety and nervousness
Trapped in circuses
Herds of us, not understandin’ our purposes
When appetites and psychological types
Get caught in the hype, it’s tight from morning ’til night
I’m demanding my rights
Women’s suffrage then black suffrage
Or Jim Crow, the KKK
American terrorism
Murders and beatings on television
It’s in the cells now, you thought that was yesterday?
But the compression stays, trauma still got most afraid
Stuck in the memory, fear gives birth to lethargy
Generations of children in jeopardy
History written in jealousy, scribes full of heresy
Full of barbarians, ch-ch-check out my melody
Musical therapy, reprogram
Africa full of coltan
Coltrane was a cold man
Black genius in a cold land tryna be the whole man
Heal the homeland
Past time for our own land
Where a grown man can be a grown man
The system has benefit for robbery is robbery
You can’t run from it, God is a natural monopoly
Divine creator stuck in monotony
Bureaucracy, psyche on poverty
Self-esteem broken like pottery
No more, not me, codename anomaly
Cause there’s just no match for the prodigy
Sovereignty, the god in me
Walking university, living cosmology
Without apology

Why this song?

Beautiful song about struggle–especially that involving racial justice–and finding the “life” to keep going. - Michael

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