"Break" as written by Saul Williams and Trent Reznor....
And when my fears arise I blow them out
Blow them out, get it out
Blow it out, get it out

Death creeps through the streets over programmed beats
A rabid dog in heat on a dead end street
Oil slicks, the only rainbows that
Canvas gray concrete

Shadows of skyscrapers fall when Mohamed speaks
Corpses piled in heaps
Placing tags on feet, a Nike Air Force Fleet
Custom made, unique

Still in box, white sheet
White tank top, wife beat
Ripened blue, black, sweet
Ripened blue, black, sweet

Hearts in two-step beat
Break, dance, work, whip, pray
Break, neck, jump, back, kiss
Break, ashes, dust, kill, crush, break

Consider yourself less than, inferior to
Half man, superior to woman, unbearable likeness
Consider yourself almost, never quite, dark-skinned
Lily white, black as sin, devil's den, whiteness

Consider yourself outcast, criminal, unseen, invisible
Point blank, ready cocked trigger
Consider yourself, hardcore, dirt poor, hustler, bitch
Whore, reverend, doctor, nigga

Hearts in two-step beat
Break, dance, work, whip, pray
Break, neck, jump, back, kiss
Break, ashes, dust, kill, crush, break

Build up, pimp strut, slap
Break, cotton, corn, crop, wheat
Break, dance, work, whip, pray
Break, neck, jump, back, kiss, break

Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, beat
Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, beatings

Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, beats
Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, beasts

Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, get it out
Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out

Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, beat
Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, beatings

Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, beats
Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, beasts

Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, get it out
Let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out

By the horns and get it out
Cough it up and spit it out, get it out
Break the cycle, break the chain
Break the hurt and break the pain

All my doubts and all my fears
Break the spell that keeps me here
Break the cycle, break the chain
Break the whip and break the pain

Get it out, spit it out, get it out
Break, let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out
Break, let it out, blow it out, spit it out

Get it out
Break, let it out, blow it out, spit it out
Get it out, break


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"Break" as written by Trent Reznor Saul Williams

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    General Comment"Consider yourself: less than, inferior to, half man, superior to woman, unbearable likeness."

    If he is keeping to the writings in "The Dead Emcee Scrolls" like it appears he is, that should say womb man not woman.
    einsameson November 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf I remember correctly, Trent wrote this track while reading my book, The Dead Emcee Scrolls. The chorus is him reading parts of the poem NGH WHT over the beat. I had told him I wanted to record a hip hop song with an unconventional time signature. When he handed me this track I was in shock. First because I didn't expect him to read my poetry and then because he said he recorded the chorus (as u hear it) with the intention of me replacing it with my own voice. I was quickly, like, "Dude, we gotta keep ur voice on the track". I heard Trent playing a twangy guitar riff that I really liked when we were mixing (I think he was in the next room testing a new pedal or sumthin and I asked him to play that same riff at the end of the song. It worked. Then he asked me to do the vocal riffs which also worked.
    -Saul Williams
    saulwilliams.com/cgi-bin/ubb/…
    laurelinwyntreon November 20, 2007   Link

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