Rock the Nation

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Michael Franti

Michael Franti (born April 21, 1966) is an American poet, musician, and composer. He is the creator and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. He is also an outspoken supporter for a wi… more »

We livin' in a mean time and an aggressive time
A painful time, a time where cynicism rots to the vine
In a time where violence blocks the summer shine
Lifetimes, go by in a flash 
In search for love, in search for cash
 Everybody want to be some fat tycoon  Everybody want to be on a tropic honeymoon
 Nobody want to sing a little bit out of tune
Or be the backbone of a rebel platoon
It's too soon to step out of line
You might get laughed at you might get fined 
But do you feel me when I say I feel pain everyday 
When I see the way my friends gotta slave 
And never get ahead of bills they gotta pay
No way no way!
Some make a living doing killing Colombian penicillin 
Some are willing to play the villain they just chillin'
To pass the time, pass the information 
Or pass the wine
Pass the buck or pass the baton 
But you can't pass the police or the pentagon 
The I.R.S. or the upper echelon
I think it's time to make a move on the contradiction 

Bom-Bom, rock the nation 
Take over television and radio station

Bom-Bom the truth shall come
Give the corporation some complication! 

This is the dawning of our time I say it one more time
To emphasize the meaning of my rhyme 
To rise above all the dirt and grime 
Add the right spice at the right time
Fuck the constitution 
Are we part of the solution or are we part of the pollution 
Sittin' by and wonderin' why,
 Things ain't the way we like to find them to be, to be
For you and for me the people over there and the ones in between  Check our habitation are we a peace lovin' nation  Peace lovin' nation 
I have a reasonable doubt I think I'll just spell it out
There's no need to scream or to shout 
The N.R.A. just bought a man's soul
Then he jumps up and shouts gun control 
The government says that killing's a sin
 Unless you kill a murderer with a lethal syringe
So I ask again "are we peace lover's then"
Some of them slang guns when they six years old
Some of them end up in some six foot hole
This whole damn place seems to, lost control 
So I raise my voice before I lose my soul


This is the way I'll express my feelings 
Vibe revealed and revolved spinning on a record y'all
Try to confiscate take what I communicate with
It's ancient gift of the lip steady creating
 Activating passing vocal vibrations to the blind plus the seeing  Human doesn't mean just being 
Be coming don't believe it just belife it
 Belongings or beloved rehearse it or recite it
 While shining drop your guns and move your tongues  Battle motivation in no time lyrics come
 Sometimes fun others run their mouth or away
My mind co beaming like an early sun ray
One day we'll get the picture and all combine 
Less the talking bout mines is mine and become one mind
 Every piece of the puzzle has its place 
To build the piece of the puzzle called the human race 

 Taking it long enough we crush the formal journalistic
 Dyslexic critters talk backwards to rap words 
I'm sure raising my hands with questions and demands  Statements and a plan with a map of the land



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