My own intent's not easy to see.
I'm not the great communicator I used to be, apparently;
But I know what it means when i hear screams,
And it's the sonics not the phonics and it's all in the delivery

Now I'm learnin' bout what lies underneath,
So if you catch me speakin' through my teeth
Ow -you gotta stop me now.

I keep my ear to the street,
ANd I keep on reading lips and looks as I'm looking for that perfect beat;
But I know it's all down to me
And if something's lost in the translation,
I guess I shouldn't take it so personally

But your 'esses' look like 'effes' to me
And we been Ebonic since we been thirteen
And how ya like me now?

They get detached from what's been goin' on
They feed ya crap you can't keep growin' on
They give ya stats that tell you nothin' at all
'bout who ya wanna be. Who you wanna be?


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    General CommentHow could no one have commented on this by now? It's so catchy! I love it.
    frenchnerdon October 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThey get detached from what's been goin' on
    They feed ya crap you can't keep growin' on
    They give ya stats that tell you nothin' at all
    'bout who ya wanna be. Who you wanna be?

    How very true of politicians. Also, Reagan was called the great communicator.
    pinkeyswearon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTed did a recent interview where they asked if this song was, in fact, about Ronald Reagan.

    It turns out that this song is with the Ebonics debate that was going on at the time in mind.
    Blackbird_1565on August 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is an awesome song. Its may fav Ted leo song rite now.
    "I'm not the great communicator I used to be, apparently"
    When he says this does he mean that maybe some people don't believe he is as good a song writer as he used to be?
    hawkman4321on November 29, 2009   Link

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