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Truth & Lies

This song is by Us3 and appears on the album Say What!? (2007).

A child is born with no state of mind
Blind to the ways of mankind
But I can't find the words that properly describes
The problems that arise

So I gotta decide to either
Keep it bottled inside or swallow my pride
But I got God on my side I'm a follow his guide
So I got down on my knees, apologized

For all the times my son looked in his fathers eyes
And saw the lies and alibis
Next day to my surprise when I woke at sunrise
I saw my son rise right next to me

Put his hands on my head and said to me
In a voice best described as heavenly
The truth shall set you free
Stop letting me walk around with blindness on

I'm relying on you to teach me right from wrong
'Cause one day I'll be gone, won't be a child for long
You've found your words, now go write your song

Who, what, when, where, why?
How do I find which way to reply?
Ask me no questions I'll tell you no lies
Surprise, the truth's right in front of your eyes

Riddle me this
You see a man slitting his wrists
And he's rich
Beautiful women wanna give him a kiss

He was given a gift but it wasn't something he wished
He'd rather throw it all away for some ignorant bliss
To exist or not to exist? That's a question I try to resist
Deep like a bottomless pit

So I swallow my pride and follow my wits
My motto is this, hold your head high
You could call it a risk
But if I can't live on my feet I'll die on my knees

Sowing the seeds of the struggle
I gotta be free or better yet I gotta be me
I gotta believe that if the truth is a lie
Then knowledge is key

So yo, gimme the question and let me dissect it
My questions are deeper than my jealousy's best diss
An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind
I gotta find what I seek or I'll never respond

Who, what, when, where, why?
How do I find which way to reply?
Ask me no questions I'll tell you no lies
Surprise, the truth's right in front of your eyes

We've been lied to, we got reparations due
While you're at it, where's our 40 acres too?
Save the mule? In fact you can save the bull
Why should we believe anything you say is true?

Been waiting too long man, them days are through
We no longer cater to red, white and blue
I posed those same questions to you-know-who
He said, "Ask not what your country can do for you"

I said well when exactly you gonna do for us too
And where will we be when it finally comes through
Forget it, I don't know why I'm asking you
You stole our ballots too we know how you do

The proud and few, we never ever doubted you
Until we found out how your accountants
Grew fat from laying us flat, taking the rap obeying your crap
Seeing the real reason that we're breaking our backs

And yo, we wanna know why the leaders are gone
People can die, corporations treat us as pawns
You can see that it's wrong but you let them lead us along
They're the same corporations that you need to be strong

And I know that it's a game, truth is I shoulder the blame
I'm just another con artist making a claim
I know I need more than my words working for change
It makes me frustrated that I'm seeking personal gain but tell me

Who, what, when, where, why?
How do I find which way to reply?
Ask me no questions I'll tell you no lies
Surprise, the truth's right in front of your eyes

Written by:

Akil Baker; Gaston Thomas; Geoffrey Wilkinson

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