Skin on the Drum

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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 »

I was born botanical 
the soul of an animal 
deep beneath the layers, I sink my roots 
no need for mechanical 
I come strictly organical
when I need to feast, I look to the East
that's why I'm never scared of the beast 
even though they try to prey upon me
I'm protected by the one always greater than me
so now I reveal to thee
 because you wanna see
the contour of my mystery 
the strength of my arches 
the colour of my conscience 
and the way that I process my diction 
some fact some diction some mystery 
some future fantasy
I'm the trunk that holds the branches 
the leaves who do the dances 
my flowers romantic
my love gigantic 
from Africa, transplanted translantic
in the heat of the sun
I bring shade for everyone 
like the beat on the one
I'm the skin on the drum

I keep on living with the fullness of the one
like the heat of the sun or the skin on the drum

I'm fully marinated and now I'm ready for the fire
so you can fire one
fire one
fire two

See I've been fully marinated
and now I'm ready for the fire
see I'm beginning to perspire 
from deep within to the skin
yo, the feminine and the masculine 
the pieces of the puzzle 
see my reflections in the puddle  after the storm the purple of the sky
 brings to mind another time
when we resided 
 below the water line
life was fine there human divine 
but in the years following
evil men came swallowing  everything in sight 
some learned to run, some stayed to fight 
I kneeled at the tomb of the soldier 
said I would love to behold her
the magic in store there
she touched me on the shoulder 
she said, "in time all is revealed, box of light be unsealed 
now listen to me son, be like the skin on the drum"

And as the pepper gas clears 
and police and protesters go home
just as the morning dew are tear drops of the night 
my emotions are always there for you
and will never leave you dry


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