"Black History Month" as written by Saul Williams, Trent Reznor and Thavius Ajabu Beck....
Can you feel it' Nothing can save you
I'm tougher than bullets so baby pray to your savior
I never been shot but I bet you I'm braver
I'm taking my spot, nigga, I ain't afraid to be me
Sometimes I find it very hard to be, who' Me
(The inevitable rise and liberation of Niggy Tardust)

Yo the banana peels are carefully placed
So keep your shell toes carefully laced
The illest nigga got peppered and maced
Now amplify this, turn up the bass

Picture me lampin' in the company car
Rims like Tibetan prayer wheels, nigga what' I'm a star
I cruise the block like a feather back and forth
'Til I land as the song in your ear or the book in your hand

Now the whole fuckin' world 'bout to know who I am
Got your whole system up in my trunk
That 'dog eat dog' make my woofers bark: atomic crunk
All my trill niggas know who be bringin' da funk
Lees and shell toes like it's Black History Month

Yo the banana peels are carefully placed
So keep your shell toes carefully laced
The illest nigga got peppered and maced
Now amplify this, turn up the bass

Yo the banana peels are carefully placed
So keep your shell toes carefully laced
The illest nigga got peppered and maced
Now amplify this turn up the bass

There was one bore witness to the rays of the sun
Synthesized in her own image, photo negative shun
The development of Parliament the phallic bop gun
Thus, the mothership connection spawned the birth of the drum

Ancient drum begat drum kingdom go, kingdom come
Ancient sector of the scepter risen up to the sun
Hidden hand of man begat patented clone of the drum
Boom bap strapped into a wire, tightly coiled and re-spun

Trigger sound, trigger gun, drum machine, machine gun
Bodies piled, carefully filed under beats
That were once reprogrammed to become unplugged concert of sun
Every ray with sample clearance, every two begat one

Boom bop hard as a gun, white cross-trainers, unstrung
Let these suckas know the cost of making Harriet run
Let the North Star be your guiding post when turned from the sun
Until knowledge reigns supreme over nearly everyone

Yo the banana peels are carefully placed
So keep your shell toes carefully laced
The illest nigga got peppered and maced
Now amplify this, turn up the bass


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"Black History Month" as written by Thavius Ajabu Beck Saul Williams

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    General CommentThis entire album is unreal.
    Bowieon November 03, 2007   Link
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    General Comment^^^^^i know right!!!!????
    slevletteon November 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis site is called SONG MEANINGS. you should try, ya know, writing what you think the song is about.
    Alexis507on November 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyou mean like you just did? you wasted as much space as they did. The whole album rocks. These lyrics come from part of "The Dead Emcee Scrolls" from last year. The chorus/refrain sounds trippy.
    imatton November 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNope! My message served a purpose, POST WHAT YOU THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT. Which you apparently failed at.
    Alexis507on November 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthat would make you a hypochrite alexis507, as you yourself didn't write what you thought the song was aboot... to give in to your whatever, it think the song is aboot how black people are too sterotypical black in that they don't take pride in what they are and only focus on the negative of black america: such as guns, the use of the nigger word, and 50 cent.
    necrophageon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awesome lol
    slevletteon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song started out as a collaboration between me and Thavius. When we got home from our first tour with Trent, we recorded 8 or 9 songs in about a week. Thave programmed a series of beats that I hand picked and then would take home and write to each night. Two songs from what Thave and I did together, I later introduced to Trent for him to help make sense of. The other is DNA. This song, like most on the album was written in my bedroom. That red faced man in the album art is the painting over my bed. Interestingly, Angelbert (the painter behind all the album art) transported a bunch of paintings to my house in a big cardboard box and instructed me to rip the box apart and use it to group the paintings in batches of 13. When I openned the box I found that man painted on the inside. I can't believe he was gonna have me rip that up. Anyway, back to the song. The openning line "Can u feel it? Nothing can save u?" is a quote from a classic hip hop song by Biz Markee. Any hip hop head would know that instantly. In hip hop culture its a sign of respect to quote or reference another artist or song. That third section/breakdown came about when Trent asked me to add some noises over the beat for some variation. I had been listening to a lot of Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads and felt pretty "experimental" that day as I began layering the beat with slurred words...
    -Saul Williams
    saulwilliams.com/cgi-bin/ubb/…
    laurelinwyntreon November 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBasically, I pictured this album as a concept album about the time that Year Zero by NIN takes place. This song is about Niggy Tardust's return to where he came from from a long exile (a convict colony, or a place where he was taught how ugly the world can get (think, what kind of things are going on in Year Zero where that kind of thing shows? Angry sniper?)). The chorus is pretty much his return and him saying "I'm back, I'm ready to take my place don't get in my way and spread the word with as much emphasis as you can." The second verse is pretty much his ego showing through, and the final verses really give away where he's been and what he's seen. A great song and a great album.
    furtherutilitieson January 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDid anyone else notice the mario references?
    "Yo the banana peels are carefully placed! So keep your shell toes carefully laced!" (mario cart)
    "I cruise the block like a feather back and forth" (The super leaf from super mario bros 3)
    showyerteefon November 24, 2009   Link

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