Black & White (feat Mystic)

from Faraway City by Valerie Orth

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In remembrance of all those who have suffered at the hands of racism

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safe in my play pen
enclosed by barbed wire fence
armed gates as if part of the defense
but clearly I was born into the offense

less than one mile from here
sirens scream in fear
you look like someone with a gun
so the whole damn pig squad’s a-comin’
to ensure I’m safe in my play pen

it’s another episode as predictable as
daylight, as sure as black and white
as black and white as black and white

helicopter circles
search lights probe your home
they hired Mister Clean’s team
to sterilize your street
and leave no neighbor in peace

it’s another episode as predictable as
daylight, as sure as black and white
as black and white as black and white

(Mystic)
Yo, I want you to hear me
Black and white, day and night, our bodies hit that pavement
You are safe inside, bullets fly, you wonder where the day went
Privilege proceeds you, you rest above the class line,
Gentrify the hoods, safety is your tagline

I’m not invisible, I am not beneath you
Dying for your comfort, tell me does this please you?

Division divides who’s paying the price
you flip it upside down, you would inherit or life
you say, god she’s so angry cause I count the unnamed
Rebel for the forsaken pray for all the unclaimed
you see, Your silence is violence inflicted on the masses
When we side by side it infuriates the master
So, ally or enemy, are you a friend of me?
Will you defend me in the struggle?

Ally or enemy, are you a friend of me? (Would you die for me?)
Will you defend me in the struggle?

it’s another episode as predictable as
daylight, as sure as black and white
it’s another episode as predictable as
daylight, as sure as black and white, as sure as black and white
as sure as black and white

credits

from Faraway City, released March 15, 2011
Valerie Orth (acoustic guitar, vocals), Mystic (rap), Jon Evans (bass, electric guitar, Rhodes), Scott Amendola (drums)

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Valerie Orth New York

Amidst the madness of 2020, when nothing is certain and we struggle to find hope for the future, we need artists like electro alt-pop songwriter/guitarist/producer Valerie Orth. She writes with a strong sense of self and a fierce feminist perspective, telling stories about alienated humanity and visions of a better tomorrow. Her new album, Rabbit Hole, due out Dec 4, couldn’t be more timely. ... more

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