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Listen to Caged Birds (SIO Version)
Caged Birds (SIO Version)
Tobe Nwigwe; LaNell Grant
  • Jordan // You know like sometimes when I cry, I won't know why I'm

    crying. So, is it okay to cry or is it not okay.

    Tobe // It's harder for us to express our feelings because we're, we're

    taught young to, uh, bottle them up, uh, and be tough

    Jordan // Yeah

  • Look, I spit a verse so a horde of heathens can find the light

    But keep a _____ that tear tissue like it's time to wipe

    Don't fret, my first step ain't to resign ya life

    Plus that ____ fye, don't bar until it's time to bite

  • Hell once you find a wife, you do what you must do

    To protect her and keep her up off a stretcher 'til she due

    To have a baby, glad a lady came up to me and said

    "Congratulations don't come to those rather lazy instead

    Of hard working"

  • We all searching for affirmation

    Some sheeple wander the atlas for validation

    And valid statements from those who never will validate 'em

    I pray I navigate 'em to a fortress where congregating with angels is

    the norm

  • You pray and they perform

    Immaculate miracles to help you evade the storm

    Of vipers, snipers, and every wicked form

    Of evil that's been tryna deceive you since you was born

  • With ya heavens sent melanin

    Don't let 'em convince you that ya etiquettes' a speech impediment

    I'm in my element and feel benevolent even when I'm viewed as the

    elephant

    In every residence I'm stepping in but hell I ain't trippin'

  • Aye mayne, say mayne, flow nuts macadamia

    I'm from the city of purple spitting vibrainium

    Get it in your cranium, can't nobody simba him

    And if I ever go down it'll be like swingin' like pendulums, ooh

  • Tobe// Let me just be honest, like so like a month ago my dad

    told me for the very first time ever in his life that he

    loved me. And w, watch this. It, it threw him off so

    much when he said it, that he had to say it, and then

    just hang up the phone. Like he said it quick like, I was

    like, "All right Dad I'm a holler at you, uh peace." He

    said, "Okay love you. Bye." And I said, "Hold on, hold

    on, hold on."

  • We come from where most don't break free

    We had to learn why caged birds sing

    But we fly even though they poisoned the sky

    We don't cry, we gon' take our piece of the pie

  • So I'ma need my bread hot fresh and ready

    For those who tried to keep me on ice like a YETI

    The west be where they pressed me to a diamond

    That's why I throw it up like the Heimlich

  • I'm just maneuvering on the serpents head

    Swear I tread on the skull of my enemies

    And I'm quadrupling anything that I touch

    If it's milk and honey dummy, I'm the honey bee

    buzzin'

  • You can see the pure pollination

    Need G's like Masons and a haven

    For these beats I freak on the daily

    I lose sleep putting feet to the pavement

  • And grindin' like a power tool or axe

    Refinin' everything I do on wax

    My time is near and I refuse to lack

    The Shine which only a diamond can match

    Bling, bling (Bling, bling)

  • Tobe // But how I grew up is my dad and, because his dad did the

    same thing to him. Uh, like the emotional boy wasn't' really

    there with them, but they felt like "If I provide for you, like I

    feed you. You should know I love you. I ain’t gotta say it.

    I said, "All right Dad. I just wanted to say I love you too.

  • We come from where most don't break free

    We had to learn why caged birds sing

    But we fly even though they poisoned the sky

    We don't cry, we gon' take our piece of the pie