Take A Knee

by Tom Smith

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There are too many frickin' people being killed by police because of the color of their skin. Some people have chosen to #TakeAKnee during the national anthem at sporting events to protest this and call attention to the problem. Some other people, led by Donald Trump, have attempted to disrupt and derail this by accusing the protesters of being unpatriotic, disrespectful to veterans and the anthem and the flag.

He is wrong. This is as legitimate a protest as there is.

#BlackLivesMatter

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Take a knee for your brother, take a knee for your sister,
Take a knee for your country, take a knee.

It’s been goin’ on for years, in every city, state, and town
Take a knee for your brother, take a knee
So many live in fear of bein’ shot for bein’ brown
Take a knee for your brother, take a knee

The police protect each other, lyin’ ‘bout what just went down
Take a knee for your brother, take a knee
So stand up for your brother by droppin’ to the ground
Take a knee for your brother, take a knee

Take a knee for your brother, take a knee for your sister,
Take a knee for your country, take a knee.

How many more young sisters will we lose to the guns
Take a knee for your sister, take a knee
They call her a resistor, shoot her down and then she’s done
Take a knee for your sister, take a knee

They say that it’s the victim’s fault, if only they’d obeyed
Take a knee for your sister, take a knee
But it’s a hundred fifty years since Lincoln freed the slaves
Take a knee for your sister, take a knee

Take a knee for your brother, take a knee for your sister,
Take a knee for your country, take a knee

So now the people call attention, peaceful and profound,
Take a knee for your brother, take a knee
Instead of standing for the anthem, they drop to the ground
Take a knee for your brother, take a knee

This ain’t disrespecting veterans, the anthem or the flag
Take a knee for your brother, take a knee
It’s making you aware too many kids end up in bags
Take a knee for your brother, take a knee

Take a knee for your brother, take a knee for your sister,
Take a knee for your country, take a knee

Police are s'posed to help us, protect us, and to serve,
Take a knee for your sister, take a knee
But they treat us like the enemy, as if we’ve got some nerve
Take a knee for your sister, take a knee

So join the silent protest, join the ones who take a knee
Take a knee for your sister, take a knee
We love our country too much and we want it to be free
Take a knee for your sister, take a knee

Take a knee for your brother, take a knee for your sister,
Take a knee for your country, take a knee
Take a knee for your brother, take a knee for your sister,
Take a knee for your country, take a knee
Take a knee for your country, take a knee

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released December 5, 2017

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Weird Al with more books, JoCo with more jokes, Carlin with more Cthulhu. Since 1985, Tom Smith has been breaking hearts, minds, and laws of propriety and physics with his insane blend of sf/fantasy, Life With Computers, pop culture, politics, and puns. More than twenty albums later, he maintains the best is yet to come. ... more

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