"Convict Colony" as written by Saul Williams, Trent Reznor and Chris Davis....
The legion is on fire
The legion is on fire
The legion is on fire

I was born in a convict colony
I was torn from the land that mothered me
Mother, may I? She said, "Yes, you may"
Well, today I, I said, right here, today

You're a convict colony
If you're running from the sun
You're a convict colony, a convict colony
And you don't really want it
You don't really want it

I was birthed from the earth
Fought my way to this day
Now I'm grown truth be told
I'll be here 'til you're gone

You're a convict colony
You're running from the sun
You're a convict colony
You're reaching for your gun

You're a convict colony
You're running from the sun
You're a convict colony, a convict colony
And you don't really want it

You don't really want it
You don't really want it
You don't really want it
You don't really want it

You don't really want it
You don't really want it
You don't really want it
You don't really want it

You don't really want it
You don't really want it
You don't really want it
You don't really want


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"Convict Colony" as written by Saul Williams Chris Davis

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    General Commentthe ghettos in america.
    agentrevon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first collaborative effort between Trent and I. He sent a cd of 14 tracks to my hotel in Sydney as I was there doing 5 nights of poetry at the Opera House as part of the Sydney Arts Festival. When I first listened to the tracks I didn't like any of them (Trent doesn't know this. Hi Trent:). I didn't dislike them, but nothing hit me over the head. I felt like I could tell if there was something he wrote with me in mind or something that was left over from his previous work. I thought all of the tracks needed some serious "pimp my ride" sort of hacking in order for them to appeal to my musical sensibility. The people at echoingthesound.com will probably burn me for this, but I remember listening to that cd for the first time and thinking "oh, how cute". Obviously the tracks grew on me, and in me, in major ways, but it did take a minute. I had a lot of openning up to do. And that's what I was looking forward to doing in this collaboration.... The beat that I jacked for Convict came from about the 10th track. I wasn't traveling with my equipment and my idea for the track was to confusing to explain to CX so I kept my musical idea in my head and started writing the lyrics. Obviously, Australia is a Convict Colony. In my estimation so is the US and few other "allies". I was mad at the lack of Aboriginal people I was seeing out and about Sydney. The projects in RedFern looked exactly like the projects I grew up around, with people getting high or drunk on the stairwells, hanging clothes to dry out the window etc. I even had a bunch Aboriginal kids walk up to me and tell me excitedly that they were Niggers too. I wanted to write something they could scream at the top of their lungs. The synth line I did myself at home which Trent later retouched before we started replacing sounds with Cazoos. Drumwise, there wasn't as much movement or complexity in my original demo. Trent and Atticus taught me and CX some secrets. It was cool how they would show us how we could finesse it, then sit back and let us do it. Very ninja-ish.
    -Saul Williams
    saulwilliams.com/cgi-bin/ubb/…
    laurelinwyntreon November 20, 2007   Link

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