As Long As the Police Don't Get Me

by Leftist

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A song of freedom. A fight for humanity. A humanity we never gave away.

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This is not a plea
I don’t ask for your consensus you don’t gotta lie to me
I know the precedent you set for protection was not for me
I know your services are not for free
The word is Ferguson’s confirming this for some
But really what’s the purpose of manufacturing guns
It’s murderous
Add up the brown and the black blood that’s spilled
Then the bad blood we feel
Isn't bad, it’s just real
Now, why are you drawn if I’m supposed to be calm?
Complied with my rights then how the hell am I wrong?
I’m tired; I've forgiven, fought against
Marched alongside, I've forfeited
Rioted, Lost
Inspire new laws
Survived, and I won’t be your target, my life isn't yours
I don’t buy your remorse
Cuz if all’s well that’s ending well
How could Sean Bell be Emmitt Till?
Somebody let it wail

They say it ain't so pretty
But I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me
A stranger in my own city
But I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me
I don’t care if you don’t feel me
But I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me
I got the beast stalking me
Why do they seek war with me?
I know it seems so silly
I don’t need your pity
Cuz I’ma keep on living
And I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me

Hands up, so shoot
I believe in chickens coming home to roost
And I’m no longer disillusioned, I don’t have to prove that I’m human
That’s God given
and Whether ya’ll get it, this is not a Western
Your perceived threat is your agenda
And I demand nothing less than respect cuz
Put that weapon to my chest, there’s a heart in it
I know this life’s not fair
You get to stab me in the front and say the knife’s not there
And I may never see justice cuz you’re not my peer
But to me it means nothing not if I stop caring
Because you can’t deny me, can’t sell me your pipe dream
I know how much my life means in spite you despising
I place every word I sing on Abdur Rahim
The ghetto in my speech, my hoodie, and Iced Tea
I’m free

They say it ain't so pretty
But I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me
A stranger in my own city
But I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me
I don’t care if you don’t feel me
Cuz I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me
I got the beast stalking me
Why do they seek war with me?
I know it seems so silly
I don’t need your pity
I gotta keep on living
And I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me

Left him lying in the streets for 4
Cops caught a body bout a week ago
Applying an illegal choke
Cops caught a body bout a week ago
Even caught on a video
Cops caught a body bout a week ago
Aiyana Jones while she sleep at home
Cops caught a body bout a week ago
(another black man shot dead bout a week ago)

They say it aint so pretty
But I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me
Stranger in my own city
But I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me
I don’t care if you don’t feel me
I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me
I got the beast stalking me
Why do they seek war with me?
I know it seems so silly
But I don’t need your pity
I gotta keep on living
And I’ll be good as long as the Police don’t get me

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released January 15, 2017

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Leftist College Park, Maryland

Described by those who listen as Hip-Hop, Alternative, Rock and Soul wrapped up in one, the group Leftist consists of the diverse talents of Nurideen Bashir, Mouhamad Diabate, Mahir Maruf, Mark Hatcher and Ebadullah Ebi Ebadi. The group was formed in 2009 and draws inspiration from the likes of The Roots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas and Stevie Wonder.

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