"How We Gonna Make the Black Nation Rise?" as written by David Foster, Cheryl Lynn and David ...
by Brother-D (D B Aammaa Nubyahn)

If you wanna know the truth, and that’s a fact,
let me hear you say, “And you know that!”
AND YOU KNOW THAT!

You dibbe-dibbe-dize and so-socialize,
but how We gonna make the Black Nation rise?

While you party down, yellin' shock the house,
get down, rock shock the house.

The Ku Klux Klan is on the loose,
training their kids in machine gun use.

Okay, everything has its place in time,
We can rock the house, too, as We shock your mind.

Word up, We can’t brag, and We can’t boast,
producin' neither bread nor butter for Our breakfast toast.

Look at all the things that could prove the point.
Sisters in the discos, brothers in the joint.

As you dibbe-dibbe-dize and so-socialize,
but how We gonna make the Black Nation rise?

HOW WE GONNA MAKE THE BLACK NATION RISE?

The people call me Brother-D,
and i’m here to shed some light.
To bring the truth right on down to earth
from where it once was out of sight.

But before i continue just let me say
this is not my ego soup.
I sat down and thought and i wrote this verse
in the interest of the group.

Come on,
my people, people, can’t you see
what’s really goin' on?
Unemployment’s high, the housing’s bad,
and the schools are teaching wrong.

Cancer from the water, pollution in the air.
But you’re partying hard, like you just don’t care.

Wake up y'all, you know that ain’t right.
'Cause that hurts everybody, black or white.

Winter’s cold, can’t get no heat.
Just move your body to the beat.

While they take you on a disco ride,
get high and chill, you’re pacified.

Our youth actin' like the living dead.
Ain’t talkin' bout the body. Talkin' bout the head.

Space out y'all to the disco rhyme.
Movin' to the rhythm but you’re wastin' time.

Stop and think. Do you know what’s real?
Well, let me educate you to the real deal.

The media is telling lies.
The devil’s taking off his disguise.

They’re killing Us in the streets,
while We pay more for food that’s cheap.

And all you wanna do is so-socialize.
HOW WE GONNA MAKE THE BLACK NATION RISE?

Remember the so-called Indian?
Look what they did to him.
Maybe they’ll do that to Us.
Dare to struggle. Dare to win.

I mean damn, get out of your seat!
Damn, get on your feet!
We say damn, and i will repeat!
We mean damn We’re tired of defeat!

Damn! No more sittin' around!
We say damn, it's time for throwin' down!

Damn. Let’s even the score,
'cause We’re fired up and won’t take no more.

We’re fired up! WON’T TAKE NO MORE!
We’re fired up! WON’T TAKE NO MORE!
WE'RE FIRED UP! WON’T TAKE NO MORE!
WE'RE FIRED UP! WON’T TAKE NO MORE!

The story might give you stomach cramps,
Like America’s got concentration camps.

People like Malcolm lived and died
warning Us about genocide.

While you’re partying on, on, on, on and on,
the ovens may be hot by the break of dawn.

Your party may end, one day soon
when they round the niggers up in the afternoon.

And you start to wonder are the people dumb.
Well Martin Luther King said We’ll overcome.

But how We gonna make the Black Nation rise
when all you wanna do is dibbe-dibbe-dibbe-dize?

No. No, brothers it's not like that.
Gonna rap for the people, tell ‘em where it’s at.

Like Elijah showed Us how to pool Our wealth.
Collectively We must do for self.

Don Pedro Albizu Campos he
gave his life fighting for Puerto Rico to be free.

While We fight each other with out a fear.
But, fight the system you never dare.

Well if you ain’t down We’ll get you first,
'cause you slow Us down just like a curse.

Bob Marley’s spirit We can’t let die.
Put a message in Our music for i and i.

Service to Our people who We must redeem.
Like Coltrane’s horn blowin' Love Supreme.

We heard what Marcus Garvey said
and We can’t stand still.
He said, “Up you mighty race. You can
accomplish what you will!”

RISING UP! WON'T TAKE NO MORE!
RISING UP! WON’T TAKE NO MORE!

America was built, understand,
by stolen labor on stolen land.

Take a second thought, as you clap and stamp.
Can you rock the house from inside the camp?

As you’re moving to the beat 'til the early light,
this country’s moving too, moving to the right.

Prepare now, or get high and wait,
'cause it ain’t no party in a police state.

Blessed are We who dare to be free.
We gotta change the way We behave.
We gotta sacrifice for Our righteous cause
or remain as passive slaves.

We’re not anti any other racial group.
Just understand We’re pro-Black.
And We’re against any one or thing
that tries to hold Us back.

So think, but don’t take too long,
because the time is getting late.

And deejays if you’ve got a mic,
it’s your job to educate.

Well,
I know my voice is not rated X.
We didn’t talk about money, or talk about sex.

We didn’t talk about clothes or cars and things,
and you might be tired of my lecturing.

So while you dance, and while you sing,
all We wanna do is ask just one thing:

While you dibbe-dibbe-dize and so-socialize,
are you gonna help the Black Nation rise?

YOU DIBBE-DIBBE-DIZE AND SO-SOCIALIZE,
HOW WE GONNA MAKE THE BLACK NATION RISE?

How We gonna make the Black Nation rise?
We gotta agitate, educate and organize!

How We gonna make the Black Nation rise?
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

How We gonna make the Black Nation rise?
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

Gonna organize, organize!
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

Gonna agitate and organize!
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

Gonna educate, organize!
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

Gonna organize and organize!
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

Gonna do what? ORGANIZE!
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

How We gonna make the Black Nation rise?
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

How We gonna make the Black Nation rise?
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

Gonna organize and organize
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

Gonna do what? ORGANIZE!
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

How We gonna make the Black Nation rise?
AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!


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    MemoryFirst heard this in a friend's room at university some thirty years ago on the legendary UK DJ John Peel's show. It struck me right away as a stirring call to action, and for me it is still right up there among the classics of conscious lyrics.
    twosevenson January 02, 2015   Link

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