"Raised to be Lowered" as written by Saul Williams, Trent Reznor and Chris Davis....
To manifest your dreams before you manifest your fears
To navigate beyond the treachery of self-despair
To find the balance between all you sense and all you see
To find the patience and the strength it takes to let it be

To stand amongst the crowd and have the strength to hold your own
To throw away the pen and pad and simply be the poem
To rise above hatred to love through seeming contradiction
To seldom take a side and learn to compliment the friction

To bring about the change within that we can't live without
To shift and rearrange ideals and learn to deal with doubt
To voice the victory and unlearn ways of self-defeat
To learn the value of, "Yo, fuck the words, just ride the beat"

To leave the comfort zones of all you know to all you feel
To step beyond the void and realize the unknown is real
To reimagine every obstacle as just means
Of honing craft and learn to laugh at failures funny dream

There has to be some other way to stop the fight
I was raised to be lowered
Was I raised to be lowered?
I was raised to be lowered
Was I raised to be lowered?

Each day we sing and pray for guidance through the night
I was raised to be lowered
Was I raised to be lowered?
I was raised to be lowered
Was I raised to be lowered?

To not allow the worshipers to take up all the space
To dance at funerals and grieve when true love shows it's face
To meditate upon the lesser things like hair and nails
To find new meaning in your freedom when your freedom kills

To walk the runway on the one day when you've lost your stride
To show your face when you feel more inclined to run and hide
To keep it gutter when you utter, "No, it won't stop"
Until the ones that point their guns at get got

You're gonna get got, let these niggas get got
Lying on the blacktop you're lying on the have not
You're gonna get got, get popped, get cocked
Let these niggas get got, let these niggas get got

There has to be some other way to stop the fight
I was raised to be lowered
Was I raised to be lowered?
I was raised to be lowered
Was I raised to be lowered?

Each day we sing and pray for guidance through the night
I was raised to be lowered
Was I raised to be lowered?
I was raised to be lowered
Was I raised to be lowered?

Hallelujah, all these other suckas make me sick
Inshallah we've come this far, the past can suck my dick
Blessed be the virgin especially if she's nice and thick
May your first time be full of grace respect and not a trick

First communion, sacred as the day you were conceived
Born in sin? Nah, think again, repent and disbelieve
Heaven is between your thighs there lies the trick, deceived
Holy blood shed once a month until you nurture seed

Was I raised to be lower?
Was I raised to be lower?
Was I raised to be lower?

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Was I raised to be lower?
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Was I raised to be lower?
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Was I raised to be lower?
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Was I raised to be lower?
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"Raised To Be Lowered" as written by Saul Williams Chris Davis

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  • +1
    General CommentThese are definitely words to live by.
    LittleDeathon March 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother one of the original 14 and it reeeeeaaaaalllly grew on me. I'm pretty sure this is another case where I took a part of another track and mixed it into this one (the break after the 2nd chorus). I asked CX to program some southern style drums under this section and then began writing. Lyrically, this may be the most focussed track on the album. Its a series of maxims that kinda make me feel like a motivational speaker. I orginally titled this song "Hallelujah" and imagined Mos Def singing the chorus which at the time was simply "Hallelujah". You can get the gist of my orginal idea in the break. "Blessed be the virgin, especially if she's nice and thick"..... I added the gun claps for the "get got" section. Don't remember how I came up with 'was I raised to be lowered', but I liked it as soon as I did. This and Skin of a Drum may be my two favorite choruses that I've written. This was a monumental track for me and was my favorite for a long time. The outro singing style was Trents idea. One of the few vocal choices that he suggested. I hated it at first but went along 'cause I had a sneaking suspition that it might grow on me. It did.
    -Saul Williams
    saulwilliams.com/cgi-bin/ubb/…
    laurelinwyntreon November 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery intense, makes you think. I guess it's even more meaningful if you see youself in some of these maxims or totally disagree with them!
    maffy06on February 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo learn the value of, "Yo, fuck the words just ride the beat."
    To meditate upon the lesser things like hair and nails.

    Que? I might be thinking about them in a different way, but I thought these two were big problems that society has. o.o' I get most everything else, but these trip me up.


    [To keep it gutter when you utter. No, it won't stop
    Until the ones that point their guns at Niggas get got!
    YOU'RE GONNA GET GOT!
    You let them Niggas get got.
    You're gonna get got. Get popped. Get Cocked.
    You let them Niggas get got. Let them Niggas get got!]

    This part confuses me, too. I don't mean to pick anything apart; I just want to understand what I'm listening to.
    AzuraAzenathon August 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me feel stronger as a person. I like how the album has an underlying thought about trusting yourself and falling into who you are, regardless of what the world might have to say about it. Overall I get really powerful positive vibes from the album...
    AbsurdistMeon August 03, 2013   Link

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