Freedom

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Freedom

Intro
[Pierce]
(crowd cheers)
*alright this next song is called freedom
and I want yall to do some call and response with me
listen listen listen
we don't got time to spare so everybody
put your fist in the air and say it freedom
alright try it again let's hear yo
we don't got time to spare so everybody
put your fist in the air and say it freedom
alright almost on time come on come on come on
we don't got time to spare so everybody
put your fist in the air and say it freedom
we don't got time to spare so everybody
put your fist in the air and say it freedom

*sampled from a live performance at the Shakori Hills Festival of Music and Dance

Chorus 1
[Pierce]
yeah freedom
yeah yeah freedom
The Beast
listen to me

Verse 1
[Pierce]
they call Baltimore Bodymore
Philadelphia Killadelphia
so what the fuck we dying for
Bull City to Singapore
why I'm singing more songs about
freeing more individuals
yall smoking them trees but I'm sycamore
it's all wood in the hood
cause we filling more caskets
and body bags this is drastic
prisons are filling fast
the sons are left bastards
we need freedom if you believe it say it with me
we need freedom if you love it say it with me
we need freedom if you need it say it with me
we need freedom yall say it

Chorus 2
[Pierce]
freedom yes yes
freedom put your fists up say it with me now
freedom we don't got time to spare so everybody
put your fist in the air and say it freedom
we don't got time to spare so
put your fist in the air yo
come on

Verse 2
[Pierce]
we want freedom for political prisoners
they lock away our visionaries
and replace their names with integers
but we will never forget
Assata Shakur Mumia Jamal
FREE EM ALL
we want freedom of citizenship
on some militant shit
freedom for the immigrants
it's a American arrogance mixed with ignorance
hate heritage from the Arabs to the gay marriages
we need freedom if you believe it say it with me
we need freedom if you need it
if you love it if you gotta have it
if you can't live without it then say it

Chorus 3
[Pierce]
freedom yeah yeah
freedom yeah yeah
freedom we don't got time to spare so everybody
put your fist in the air and say it freedom 
yeah we don't got time to spare
Eric talk to em

Solo
[Pierce]
talk to em Eric
yeah

Bridge
[Pierce]
we want that Harriet Tubman to Nat Turner
we want that MLK to Marvin Gaye
we want that Billie Holiday lady day
east coast to California say
we want that Harriet Tubman Nat Turner
that MLK that Marvin Gaye
we want that  Billie Holiday lady day
east coast to California say
freedom is necessary
freedom is necessary
freedom is necessary
if you really want to know let me tell you how
by any means necessary
by any means necessary
by any means necessary
by any means necessary
freedom
I said freedom is necessary
by any means necessary
come on come on
if you feel me then just say it

Chorus 4
[Pierce]
freedom
yeah come on come on freedom
if you need it if you love it
gotta have it just say it
yeah come on come on
we don't got time to spare
so everybody put your fist in the air

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from Silence Fiction, 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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