Collective

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lyrics

Collective

Intro
[Lorrie Guess]
silence the fiction

[Sample]
our only hope of survival
is uniting all the worlds against The Beast

Verse 1
[Pierce]
born into a nation based on
exploitation rape and confusion
with a fake education
you can't escape the illusion
that's why we make revolutionary
immunity music
so youth can kill this nervous system
from within like lupus
you cannot mute us
nor can you ever recruit us
with dialogue I'm throwing dialogue at you Kupa
street fighting you like Guile
I sonic boom with the crew cuts
I am Lionel meets Lion-O The Beast is the future
hoooooooooo

Chorus 1
[Pierce]
The Beast is in the building
effecting the civilians
connected to the millions
protecting all the children
we are The Beast
that means the streets is in the building
that peace is in the building
ain't no police is in the building
but get up out your seat and
put your hands up to the ceiling

Verse 2
[Pierce]
born in the belly of The Beast in the uterus
of the U.S. where the constitution excluded us
cops shoot at us like
George Lucas storm troopers
and The Beast is born afflicted like
crack addicted quadruplets
(they) rep the crucifix
but they more deceptive than Judas
gratuitous exposure to media they confuse us
reduce us to obedient consumers
but natural defense is in the mucus
so let me spit my music
The Beast

Chorus 2
[Pierce]
The Beast is in the building
effecting all the children
connecting the civilians
respected and healing
we are The Beast
that means the streets is in the building
that peace is in the building
ain't no police is in the building
but get up out your seat and
put your hands up to the ceiling

Verse 3
[Pierce]
spent a lifetime contradicted and neglected
standardized testing done replaced all my electives
arts education was aborted by the corporate contraceptive
so now we got to fight to resurrect it
how much time in money in the youth have you invested
more money on prisons than on schools for the neglected
it's time for our community to be more introspective
the only future is the one that nurtures the collective
the collective

Bridge
[Pierce]
come on
everybody just bounce bounce
come on come on come on come on

Chorus 3
[Pierce]
I said The Beast is in the building
effecting the civilians
connected to the millions
protecting all the children
I said The Beast is in the building
I said The Beast is in the building
that means the streets is in the building
that peace is in the building
ain't no police is in the building
but get up out your seat and
put your hands up to the ceiling

credits

from Silence Fiction, track released October 16, 2009

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Now in its tenth year, The Beast is an innovative and electrifying hip hop and jazz ensemble, known for pushing creative boundaries and dynamic collaborations. Straight outta Durham, the cultural and entrepreneurial nexus of a new south, The Beast is a home-grown artistic force, mixing tap-dancers, puppeteers, and spoken word artists into its repertoire. ... more

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