The People Quotes

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The People Quote: YEAH, MY LORD, YEAH<BR /> <BR /> WE SELL, CRACK TO OUR OWN OUT, THE BACK OF OUR HOMES<BR /> WE SMELL THE MUSK AT THE DUSK IN THE CRACK OF THE DAWN<BR /> WE GO THROUGH, 'EPIDODES II' LIKE 'ATTACK OF THE CLONES'<BR /> WORK 'TIL WE BREAK OUR BACK AND YOU HEAR THE CRACK OF THE BONE<BR /> TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> <BR /> WE COMMUTE TO COMPUTERS<BR /> SPIRITS STAY MUTE WHILE YOU EAGLES SPREAD RUMORS<BR /> WE SURVIVALISTS, TURNED TO CONSUMERS<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> <BR /> ASK HIM WHY SOME PEOPLE GOT TO LIVE IN A TRAILER, CUSS LIKE A SAILOR<BR /> I PAINT A PICTURE WITH THE PEN LIKE NORMAN MAILER<BR /> ME AND WILLA RAISED THREE DAUGHTERS ALL BY HERSELF, WITH NO HELP<BR /> I THINK ABOUT A STRUGGLE AND I FIND THE STRENGTH IN MYSELF<BR /> <BR /> THESE WORDS, MELT IN MY MOUTH<BR /> THEY HOT, LIKE THE JAIL CELL IN THE SOUTH<BR /> BEFORE MY NIGGA CORE BAILED ME OUT<BR /> TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> <BR /> WE DO OR DIE LIKE BED-STUY THROUGH THE RED SKY<BR /> WITH THE WINDOW OF THE RED EYE<BR /> LET THE LEAD FLY, SOME G. RAP SHIT, 'LIVIN' TO LET DIE'<BR /> <BR /> THIS MORNING, I WOKE UP, FEELING BRAND NEW AND I JUMPED UP<BR /> FEELING MY HIGHS AND MY LOWS IN MY SOUL AND MY GOALS<BR /> JUST TO STOP SMOKIN' AND STOP DRINKIN'<BR /> AND I'VE BEEN THINKIN', I'VE GOT MY REASONS<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> <BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, BY, BY<BR /> <BR /> WE KEEPING IT GANGSTER SAY FO SHIZZLE, FO SHEEZY AND STAYIN' CRUNK<BR /> IT'S EASY TO PULL A BREEZY, SMOKE TREES AND WE STAY DRUNK<BR /> YO, I ACTIVISM ATTACKIN' THE SYSTEM, THE BLACKS AND LATINS IN PRISON<BR /> NUMBERS OF PRISON THEY VICTIM BLACK IN THE VISION<BR /> <BR /> SHIT AND ALL THEY GOT IS RAPPIN' TO LISTEN TO<BR /> I LET THEM KNOW WE MISSIN' YOU, THE LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL<BR /> EVEN WHEN THE CONDITION IS CRITICAL, WHEN THE LIVIN' IS MISERABLE<BR /> YOUR POSITION IS PIVOTAL, I AIN'T BULLSHITTIN' YOU<BR /> NOW, WHY WOULD I LIE? JUST TO GET BY? JUST TO GET BY, WE GET FLY<BR /> <BR /> THE TV GOT US REACHIN' FOR STARS<BR /> NOT THE ONES BETWEEN VENUS AND MARS, THE ONES THAT BE READIN' FOR PARTS<BR /> SOME PEOPLE GET BREAST ENHANCEMENTS AND PENIS ENLARGERS<BR /> SATURDAY SINNERS SUNDAY MORNING AT THE FEET OF THE FATHER<BR /> <BR /> THEY NEED SOMETHIN' TO RELY ON, WE GET HIGH ON ALL TYPES OF DRUG<BR /> WHEN, ALL YOU REALLY NEED IS LOVE<BR /> TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> OUR PARENTS SING LIKE JOHN LENNON, 'IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE WATCH'<BR /> WE ROCK LIKE PAUL MCCARTNEY, 'FROM NOW UNTIL THE LAST BEATLE DROP'<BR /> <BR /> THIS MORNING, I WOKE UP, FEELING BRAND NEW AND I JUMPED UP<BR /> FEELING MY HIGHS AND MY LOWS, IN MY SOUL AND MY GOALS<BR /> JUST TO STOP SMOKING AND STOP DRINKING<BR /> AND I'VE BEEN THINKING, I'VE GOT MY REASONS<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> <BR /> YO, YO, YO, YO<BR /> SOME PEOPLE CRY AND SOME PEOPLE TRY<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, FOR A PIECE OF THE PIE<BR /> YOU LOVE TO EAT AND GET HIGH<BR /> WE DECEIVE WHEN WE LIE AND WE KEEPIN' IT FLY<BR /> <BR /> YO, YO, YO, YO<BR /> WHEN PEOPLE DECIDE, TO KEEP A DISGUISE<BR /> CAN'T SEE THEY EYES, SEE THE EVIL INSIDE<BR /> BUT THERE'S PEOPLE YOU FIND<BR /> STRONG OR FEEBLE IN MIND, I STAY READIN' THE SIGNS<BR /> <BR /> YO, YO, YO, YO<BR /> SOME PEOPLE CRY AND SOME PEOPLE TRY<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, FOR A PIECE OF THE PIE<BR /> YOU LOVE TO EAT AND GET HIGH<BR /> WE DECEIVE WHEN WE LIE AND WE KEEPIN' IT FLY<BR /> <BR /> YO, YO, YO, YO<BR /> WHEN PEOPLE DECIDE, TO KEEP A DISGUISE<BR /> CAN'T SEE THEY EYES, SEE THE EVIL INSIDE<BR /> BUT THERE'S PEOPLE YOU FIND<BR /> STRONG OR FEEBLE IN MIND, I STAY READIN' THE SIGNS<BR /> YO, YO, YO, YO
YEAH, MY LORD, YEAH<BR /> <BR /> WE SELL, CRACK TO OUR OWN OUT, THE BACK OF OUR HOMES<BR /> WE SMELL THE MUSK AT THE DUSK IN THE CRACK OF THE DAWN<BR /> WE GO THROUGH, 'EPIDODES II' LIKE 'ATTACK OF THE CLONES'<BR /> WORK 'TIL WE BREAK OUR BACK AND YOU HEAR THE CRACK OF THE BONE<BR /> TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> <BR /> WE COMMUTE TO COMPUTERS<BR /> SPIRITS STAY MUTE WHILE YOU EAGLES SPREAD RUMORS<BR /> WE SURVIVALISTS, TURNED TO CONSUMERS<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> <BR /> ASK HIM WHY SOME PEOPLE GOT TO LIVE IN A TRAILER, CUSS LIKE A SAILOR<BR /> I PAINT A PICTURE WITH THE PEN LIKE NORMAN MAILER<BR /> ME AND WILLA RAISED THREE DAUGHTERS ALL BY HERSELF, WITH NO HELP<BR /> I THINK ABOUT A STRUGGLE AND I FIND THE STRENGTH IN MYSELF<BR /> <BR /> THESE WORDS, MELT IN MY MOUTH<BR /> THEY HOT, LIKE THE JAIL CELL IN THE SOUTH<BR /> BEFORE MY NIGGA CORE BAILED ME OUT<BR /> TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> <BR /> WE DO OR DIE LIKE BED-STUY THROUGH THE RED SKY<BR /> WITH THE WINDOW OF THE RED EYE<BR /> LET THE LEAD FLY, SOME G. RAP SHIT, 'LIVIN' TO LET DIE'<BR /> <BR /> THIS MORNING, I WOKE UP, FEELING BRAND NEW AND I JUMPED UP<BR /> FEELING MY HIGHS AND MY LOWS IN MY SOUL AND MY GOALS<BR /> JUST TO STOP SMOKIN' AND STOP DRINKIN'<BR /> AND I'VE BEEN THINKIN', I'VE GOT MY REASONS<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> <BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, BY, BY<BR /> <BR /> WE KEEPING IT GANGSTER SAY FO SHIZZLE, FO SHEEZY AND STAYIN' CRUNK<BR /> IT'S EASY TO PULL A BREEZY, SMOKE TREES AND WE STAY DRUNK<BR /> YO, I ACTIVISM ATTACKIN' THE SYSTEM, THE BLACKS AND LATINS IN PRISON<BR /> NUMBERS OF PRISON THEY VICTIM BLACK IN THE VISION<BR /> <BR /> SHIT AND ALL THEY GOT IS RAPPIN' TO LISTEN TO<BR /> I LET THEM KNOW WE MISSIN' YOU, THE LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL<BR /> EVEN WHEN THE CONDITION IS CRITICAL, WHEN THE LIVIN' IS MISERABLE<BR /> YOUR POSITION IS PIVOTAL, I AIN'T BULLSHITTIN' YOU<BR /> NOW, WHY WOULD I LIE? JUST TO GET BY? JUST TO GET BY, WE GET FLY<BR /> <BR /> THE TV GOT US REACHIN' FOR STARS<BR /> NOT THE ONES BETWEEN VENUS AND MARS, THE ONES THAT BE READIN' FOR PARTS<BR /> SOME PEOPLE GET BREAST ENHANCEMENTS AND PENIS ENLARGERS<BR /> SATURDAY SINNERS SUNDAY MORNING AT THE FEET OF THE FATHER<BR /> <BR /> THEY NEED SOMETHIN' TO RELY ON, WE GET HIGH ON ALL TYPES OF DRUG<BR /> WHEN, ALL YOU REALLY NEED IS LOVE<BR /> TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> OUR PARENTS SING LIKE JOHN LENNON, 'IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE WATCH'<BR /> WE ROCK LIKE PAUL MCCARTNEY, 'FROM NOW UNTIL THE LAST BEATLE DROP'<BR /> <BR /> THIS MORNING, I WOKE UP, FEELING BRAND NEW AND I JUMPED UP<BR /> FEELING MY HIGHS AND MY LOWS, IN MY SOUL AND MY GOALS<BR /> JUST TO STOP SMOKING AND STOP DRINKING<BR /> AND I'VE BEEN THINKING, I'VE GOT MY REASONS<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY, JUST TO GET BY<BR /> <BR /> YO, YO, YO, YO<BR /> SOME PEOPLE CRY AND SOME PEOPLE TRY<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, FOR A PIECE OF THE PIE<BR /> YOU LOVE TO EAT AND GET HIGH<BR /> WE DECEIVE WHEN WE LIE AND WE KEEPIN' IT FLY<BR /> <BR /> YO, YO, YO, YO<BR /> WHEN PEOPLE DECIDE, TO KEEP A DISGUISE<BR /> CAN'T SEE THEY EYES, SEE THE EVIL INSIDE<BR /> BUT THERE'S PEOPLE YOU FIND<BR /> STRONG OR FEEBLE IN MIND, I STAY READIN' THE SIGNS<BR /> <BR /> YO, YO, YO, YO<BR /> SOME PEOPLE CRY AND SOME PEOPLE TRY<BR /> JUST TO GET BY, FOR A PIECE OF THE PIE<BR /> YOU LOVE TO EAT AND GET HIGH<BR /> WE DECEIVE WHEN WE LIE AND WE KEEPIN' IT FLY<BR /> <BR /> YO, YO, YO, YO<BR /> WHEN PEOPLE DECIDE, TO KEEP A DISGUISE<BR /> CAN'T SEE THEY EYES, SEE THE EVIL INSIDE<BR /> BUT THERE'S PEOPLE YOU FIND<BR /> STRONG OR FEEBLE IN MIND, I STAY READIN' THE SIGNS<BR /> YO, YO, YO, YO

From Get By by Talib Kweli
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The People Saying: I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others happiness, not by each others misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don't hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others happiness, not by each others misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don't hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

From Cheek by The Chariot