Ray Nagin: “People are dyin’. They don’t have homes. They don’t have jobs. The city of New Orleans will never be the same. Now get off your asses and let’s do somethin’. And let’s fix the biggest Goddamn crisis in the history of this country.”

Chuck D.: “Does it gotta come down to this? In order to see things for what they are? For what it is? We still might not be free up in this piece or treated there equally as far as I can see. Now if you saw what I saw, see what I see there on the TV, it led me to write this song after talking to my father. But the anger in this song seemed to write its damn self. Hell no, we ain’t all right.”

Now all these press conferences breaking news alerts
This just in while your government looks for a war to win
Flames from the blame game, names? Where do I begin?
Walls closing in get some help to my kin

Who cares? While the rest of the Bush nation stares
As the drama unfolds as we the people under the stairs
50% of this Son of a Bush nation
Is like hatin’ on Haiti
And setting up assassinations

Ask Pat Robertson- quiz him... smells like terrorism
Racism in the news
Still one-sided views
Saying whites find food
Prey for the national guard who be ready to shoot
Because they be sayin’ us blacks loot

New Orleans in the morning, afternoon, and night
Hell No We Ain’t All Right! (x4)

Now them fires, earthquakes, tsunamis
I don’t mean to scare
Wasn’t this written somewhere?
Disgraces all I see be seein’ is hurtin’ black faces moved out to all them far away places
Emergency state, corpses, alligators and snakes
Big difference between this haze and them diamonds on the VMAs

We better look
What’s really important
All under this sun especially if you over 21
This ain’t no TV show
This ain’t no video
This is really real
Beyond them same ol’ “keep it real”

Quotes from them TV stars drivin’ big rim cars
‘Streets be floodin,’ B
No matter where you at, no gas
Driving is a luxury
Urgency
Don’t y’all know? This is a state of emergency
Shows somebody’s government is far from reality
Somebody’s government is far from reality

New Orleans in the morning, afternoon, and night
Hell No We Ain’t All Right! (x4)

Ray Nagin: “And they don’t have a clue what’s goin’ on down here. I’m like ‘you gotta be kiddin’ me’. This is a national disaster. Anyway you look at it, it’s a tragedy. It’s awful down here, man. God is looking down on all this, and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are going to pay the price.”

Now I see here we be the new faces of refugees
Who ain’t even overseas but stuck here on our knees
Forget the plasma TV ain’t no electricity
New world’s upside down and out of order

Shelter? Food? What’s up, wheres the water?
No answers from disaster
Them masses be hurtin’
So who the fuck they call? Halliburton?
Son of a Bush, how you gonna just trust that cat?
To fix shit when all the help is stuck in Iraq?

Making war plans takin’ more stands
In Afghanistan 2,000 soldiers there dyin’ in the sand
But that’s over there, right?
What’s over here is a noise so loud
That some can’t hear but on TV I know that I can see
Bunches of people lookin’ just like me

New Orleans in the morning, afternoon, and night
Hell No We Ain’t All Right!
Mississippi in the morning, afternoon, and night
Hell No We Ain’t All Right!
Alabama in the morning, afternoon, and night
Hell No We Ain’t All Right!
U.S.A. in the morning, afternoon, and night
Hell No We Ain’t All Right!

Chuck D.: “We definitely ain’t all right. Now some of y’all voted for that cat. Son of a Bush. That’s right. What God giveth, sometimes your country taketh away.”


Lyrics submitted by reneworleans

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