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State Run Radio

This song is by Lupe Fiasco and appears on the album Lasers (2011).

You must be a radio station
And who are we? We must be
A #1 song spinning all day long

Over again, and over again
And over again, and over again
And over again, and we don't win
When we call in, and nothing's free
Sounds to me like
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run radio

We interrupt this broadcast
To bring you this special message about the forecast
The future's cloudy and it's raining on the poor class
Road to peace is closed, heavy traffic on the war paths
Love is boiling on the budget
The military says it's gonna need more cash
To keep fighting for your gas
Keep us in our hoods and hope we never explore past
Stay inside of your half
Believe the lies you learned in your class
That there's no treasure in your trash
And a Sealy has the same feeling that the floor has
And that's where you should stay, this is what they play

Over again, and over again
And over again, and over again
And over again, and we don't win
When we call in, and nothing's free
Sounds to me like
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run radio

You're now tuned into the weakest
Frequency of fear keep you locked right here
And hope you never leave this
Never be a leader
Think inside the box and follow all procedures
Never ever believe that you will never need this
Hit up all your friends and tell them to repeat this
Higher on the air, not what you want to hear
But we ain't got the truth, but how about a remix
Different is never good, good is only what we pick
You ain't got a hit unless it sounds like these did
Not too smart, you'll be a superstar
And if you're dumb or something
Maybe you could be #1

Over again, and over again
And over again, and over again
And over again, and we don't win
When we call in, and nothing's free
Sounds to me like
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run radio

So beware what's on the airwaves
And be more aware of what's not getting airplay
Independent spirits, you can barely hear what they're saying
Truth ain't getting on like shampoo on an airplane
Propaganda's everwhere, constantly on replay
All the hits, all the time, back to back on relay
But really where it lives
Make them hear the records we play
Build your own station, become your own DJ

You must be a radio station
And who are we? We must be
A #1 song spinning all day long
And you put me in daily rotation
You're on the air, we know you're scared
But we don't care
We'll play this here

Over again, and over again
And over again, and over again
And over again, and we don't win
When we call in, and nothing's free
Sounds to me like
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run radio
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run (radio)
State-run (radio), state-run radio

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