Poem of the Week – A Letter to the Law

common

Dem boy wanna talk like dem wanna gon come
But what you gon’ do if you got one gun?
I sing a song for the hero unsung
With faces on the mural of the revolution
No looking back, cause in back is what’s done
Tell the preacher God got more than one son
Tell the law my Uzi weighs a ton
I walk like a warrior from them I won’t run
On the streets they try to beat us like a drum
In Cincinnati, another brother hung
Again he won’t see the sun, with his family stung
They want us to hold justice, but you handin’ me none
The same they did Kobe and Michael Jackson
Make them the main attraction
Turn around and attack them
Black gem in the rough, you rugged enough
Use your mind and non power, get the government touch
Them boy chat chat on how him pop gun
I got the black strap to make the cops run
They watching me, I’m watching them
Them dick boys got a lotta cock in them
My people on the block got a lotta Pac in them
And when we roll together, we be rocking them
To sleep
No time for that, cause there’s things to be done
Stay true to what I do so the youth dream come
From project building, seen a fiend being hung
With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?
Burn a bush, cause for peace he no push no button
Killing over oil and grease, no weapons of destruction
How can we follow leader when this a corrupt one?
The government’s a G-Unit and they might buck young
Black people in the urban area one
I hold up a peace sign but I carry a gun
Peace y’all, love

– Common

More about the poet: http://thinkcommon.com/

Live performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LssFolrpiD4

Source: http://genius.com/Common-a-letter-to-the-law-annotated

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