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Make You Afraid

from No Man Is an Island by Samuel B. Lupowitz



I’ve got friends trembling in their beds at night
Each day a blinding swirl
Of good and evil, black and white

We all work to preserve
The lives that we lead
So much room for us all
To have what we need
But you say, “step back cucks,
“I’ll decide who gets to make the grade!”
I want to make you afraid

You yearn for a Wild West wet dream
Make us dance in the dirt for our milk
While you skim off the cream

You maintain a machine
That deals every card
And you’ve loaded the deck
‘Cause that gets you hard
Then you go home to sleep
Oh-so-comfy in the bed you’ve made
I want to make you afraid

You demand to speak your hate and lies
But if I challenge a word you say
All law and freedom dies

And you stand with your gun
By the polling place
I load mine, you shout “extremist”
In my face
Spit on our safety
Then cry out to big daddy for aid
I wanna make you...

We’re all inside a cage, the best money can buy
You say “I know you are, but tell me what am I?”
I know you want to be free to live the life you choose
But why on earth do you feel you only win if I lose?

I don’t think anyone should live in fear
But watching you lot pound your chests
One thing is now becoming clear

If you boast and and you sneer
Kick sand in a face
You extort, and you kill
Then say “stop making it about race”
And excuse yourself
No matter how deep in the muck you wade
I wanna make you afraid

You gotta reap what you sow
You can dish it out, but can ya take it, baby?
You know it doesn’t have to be this way
Who do you think you are?


from No Man Is an Island, released September 10, 2021
SBL - vocals, Hohner Clavinet D6, Hammond A100 organ
Dan Collins - Ludwig drum set
Michael Wu - Nash JB63 bass
Mark Hennessey - Gibson SG slide guitar, vocals


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Piano-driven rock ’n’ soul for your thoughts, feelings, and theatrical leanings. Ben Folds backed by The Band.

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