Why can’t they just let us be?
Let us live, eat, celebrate, breath?
They love our culture but hate our tones.
They take our songs but break our bones.
We all just want to be happy…
When you’re Black it doesn’t matter
What you do, or accomplish
You’re heart is scattered,
Sadder than most
It’s always at the back of your mind
You move on, then they do it again
They just don’t like our kind
and kill more of our men
But why can’t they just let us be?
Let us play, mourn, rise, succeed?
They love our music but hate our skin.
They use and abuse, never letting us win.
When injustice happens around the world
The US stands on a pedestal
Rallying armies with the flag unfurled
But when America kills its own
Who’s job is it to intervene?
Who is supposed to rescue our women?
Who would rescue me?
Because I want them to just let us be
Let us enjoy, rest, work, sleep
They love our food but hate our lives
They kick, punch, and cut us with knives
You know, I wish we lived alone sometimes
I wish we took all our things with us too
Our culture, music, food, athletes, celebrities
Before their introduction of guns, drugs, booze
It’s just that I want to be happy
See, my birthday is on July 14th
And Trayvon’s verdict came out the day before.
We celebrate our anniversary on December 3rd
The same day justice for Eric Garner was ignored
And do you even know what happened on the 2nd?
Rumain Brisbon fell at the hands of a cop’s weapon
When you celebrate with family over Christmas dinner
You shouldn’t forget the killing of Tyisha Miller
When it comes time for New Years hugs
Don’t let yourself forget about Eula Love.
Some days it all just feels like a myth
Some dream, actually some nightmare
But then you read about Yvette Smith
Or you don’t,
because we often forget the women
even when we’re killed by the same villain
You know what they’ve taken away?
It would be easier to say what they haven’t
Then they pretend we’re the criminals
When they get away as free assasins
See? You can’t ever truly be happy
Because no matter what you do or achieve
You live life knowing that at any moment
They’ll do another something you just can’t believe.