How did we get into this mess?
The question is a hypothetical
The answers are
Written on the face of the oppressed
Sent to death at just 19
Forevermore to be unseen
His mother with tears in her eyes
Crying to God
She calls out, "Why?"

She'll find her answers
On the face of the oppressed
I bow my head in respect
Of the dead

Because they're all bogged down
And there ain't no fucking S.O.S
That's going to save our sinking ship
Because they're all bogged down
No there ain't no fucking S.O.S
That's gonna save our sinking ship (Our ship)

How did we get into this mess?
The question is a bonafide literal
The answers are written on the face of the oppressed

We all the know the answers why
They sold a lot of girls aside
You can roll over and die
Or you can rain down hell tonight

You'll find your answer
On the face of the oppressed
I bow my head in respect
Of the dead

Because they're all bogged down
And there ain't no fucking S.O.S.
That's going to save our sinking ship
Because they're all bogged down
And there ain't no fucking S.O.S.
That's going to save our sinking ship (Our ship)

In the ash of your city lights burning down
In the ash of your city lights burning to the ground

This nation's burning, burning down
This nation's burning to the ground

This is the modern Rome burning
Let it burn

This is New York burning
This is Boston burning
This is Omaha burning

This is Washington burning
This is Pittsburgh burning
This is Birmingham burning

This is the modern Rome burning
Let it burn

Burn, burn, burn


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    General CommentAwesome song.
    Possibley about the incarceration of Mumia Abu Jamal, as the recording before suggests?
    EllenEllenEllenon August 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirst again. this is an awesome song.
    SK8B0R3D_4_LIFEon April 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! this song is amazing
    hjuulianon July 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhy do people brag about being the first to comment on something? Do you go and brag to your friends that you were the first to post a useless comment on a song.
    sillyrobon June 30, 2011   Link

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