called you the rise of the black messiah like so many boys before
sitting underneath the hanging tree-me and the ghost of the KKK
friend you tell of slavery’s end but have you heard of mass incarceration
Ol Man River what do you know of that plantation they call Angola?
great granddaddy he worked that land with shackles on his feet and
he’s gonna rise, yeah he’s gonna rise and all them lynchers are gonna
call you The Rise of the Black Messiah and said they’d do any damn
thing they could to keep ya-
years in solitary, consider the man that they just can’t bury
gonna rise, he’s gonna rise and all them lynchers are gonna be damned
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