"Tr(N)igger" as written by Saul Williams, Keith Shocklee and Carlton Douglas Ridenhour....
So you don't like the way we're running things
And you don't like the way the chisel glang
You want to blame it on the government
On why you got to money for your rent?

You want to start a revolution
And blame it on the institution
You know there's only one solution
Now tell me what you're gonna do son

The trigger is you, the nigger is you
The trigger is you, the nigger is you
The trigger is you, the nigger is you
So what you gonna do?

You wanna blame them boys in Lebanon
And act like you don't know where they get it from
You want to project all your problems
And murder every way to solve them

Would Jesus Christ come back American?
What if he's Iraqi and here again?
You'd have to finally face your fears, my friend
Who's gonna hold your hand when that happens?

The trigger is you, the nigger is you
The trigger is you, the nigger is you
The trigger is you, the nigger is you
So what you gonna do?

What do you teach your children about me?
What do you teach your little children about me?
Pimp, thug, bling, drug lord of the underground kings
How can you be sure I won't call down the rain?

What do you teach your little children about me?
You point your gun wait hide and run
I see it plain

The trigger is you, the nigger is you
The nigger is you, the trigger is you
The trigger is you, the nigger is you
So what you gonna do?

The trigger is you, the nigger is you
The trigger is you, the nigger is you
The trigger is you, the trigger is you
So what you gonna do, what you gonna do?


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"Tr(n)igger" as written by Aeion Hoilett Ranoy Travis Gordon

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    General Commentno comments on possibly one of the best on this great album? its aboot how we perceive black people as thugs and druglords, etc., ... when thats not what they is all aboot ya know? i though it said ...drug lord, ugly, underground decay...
    necrophageon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentor rather of the underground decay...
    necrophageon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI interpret it as a counter-argument to the axiomatic social status quo upon which racism relies for its existence. I say it's axiomatic because of the stark contrasts between good and evil, white and black that exist in the social consciousness. The status quo relies on the assumption that it is good while anyone who exists contrary to its mechanisms is obviously evil. It's an polarized and narrow mentality that flies in the face of a gradient reality, defiant of the rigid consensus.

    In the case of the word nigger, it's often imbued with the worst, most misguided sentiments people are capable of expressing towards each other. Want to write off people who are different as "niggers?" Okay, then chances are, you're the "nigger," who's simply too myopic and pretentious to witness and accept the vibrant menagerie of human diversity. We're all different and they're nothing wrong with that, but don't exaggerate the fact based on entirely arbitrary premises and expect anyone to take you seriously.
    swollen uvulaon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is the last song I wrote before going into the studio to mix the album. Welcome to the Terrordome is easily my fave PE track. The line that I sampled actually comes before my favorite part of the song, the little break with the high pitched James Brown guitar riff. When I made that loop it scared the shit out of me. I danced to it for hours, too excited to even write to it. When I did, the lyrics and chorus came immediately. The 2nd verse has my favorite line of the album, "would Jesus Christ come back American? What if he's Iraqi and here again?". Then came the break, which I immediately attributed to the fact that I had been working with Trent for a year and he had made me a better song writer. I remember being very scared of the power of this song. I knew how it made me feel as a black man. I tried to pay special attention to how I crafted it musically and lyrically so that it would invoke dancing rather than violence. But seriously, to me, this song is hard as hell. I cry everytime I get to that breakdown. And then I bounce back and feel like I can fly.
    -Saul Williams
    saulwilliams.com/cgi-bin/ubb/…
    laurelinwyntreon November 20, 2007   Link

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