"Until the Lion Learns to Speak" as written by and Warsame....
Until the lion learns to speak
The tales of hunting will be weak
My poetry hales with in the streets
My poetry fails to be discrete
It travels across the earth and seas
From Eritrea to the West Indies
It knows no boundaries
No cheese
It studied in parts of Greece
I am sick as far as lyrics
And with this far as gimmicks
I spit par age and limit
The shit they talk in rapid
I am hip the hop as living
I skip the obvious woman
Don't get what I am presenting
No rims my mind spinning

I was born and raised in a place
Where torn of flame would place
Where the foreigners not embrace
Where they warn you jog and pace
Where loners low what they gaze
Where the corners slow at a chase
Where they tarts and turn in the maze
With the pistol upon your face
So come with me to my longs
The death and deal we run
With passion see how I come
No cash I am free in the slums
The past can we overcome
I am asking we be the ones
To actually be the ones
To free our people from gun

I was born and raised in a place
Where torn of flame would place
Where the foreigners not embrace
Where they warn you jog and pace
Where loners low what they gaze
Where the corners slow at a chase
Where they tarts and turn in the maze
With the pistol upon your face
So come with me to my longs
The death and deal we run
With passion see how I come
No cash I am free in the slums
The past can we overcome
I am asking we be the ones
To free our people from gun

Until the lion learns to speak
The tales of hunting will be weak
My poetry hales with in the streets
My poetry fails to be discrete
It travels across the earth and seas
From Somalia to the West Indies
It knows no boundaries
No cheese
It studied in parts of Greece
Say I am sick as far as lyrics
And with this far as gimmicks
I spit par age and limit
The shit they talk in rapid
I am hip the hop as living
I skip the obvious woman
Don't get what I am presenting
No rims my mind spinning


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"Until the Lion Learns to Speak" as written by Keinan Warsame

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    General CommentI beg to differ with Cantabile's interpretation of the first line.
    "Until the lion learns to speak the tales of hunting will be weak" is in no way calling out other artists.
    It's a statement that has its roots in feminism; if only one side of a narrative is told, the story will be weak. The more perspectives given, the closer to reality a narrative is.
    So, when he says "Until the lion learns to speak the tales of hunting will be weak" we understand that tales of hunting are only given from the perspective of the hunter, and not the hunted. These tales are this limited and one-sided. Until we understand the lion's perspective on the hunt, the story is incomplete.
    It has nothing to do with calling out other artists: k'naan is not so arrogant. It has everything to do with hearing all sides of a story and understanding that one perspective is just that, and not complete.
    fivehour7on March 08, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningI love this song, we went over it in English class and I think it's amazing. In the line "Until the lion learns to speak the tales of hunting will be weak" he's basically calling out other artists saying that they might have something very important to say, but until they learn HOW to say it it means nothing.
    Absolutely amazing! (but these lyrics are wrong...)
    Cantabileon October 20, 2010   Link

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