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saul williams – our father lyrics

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baptist rev. saul s. williams (saul’s father) 1999:

i just want to talk about a good father, now coming
from me if you where to personally
look at my life, you would ask the
question what do you know about a good father?
and that would be a fair question, because one of
the statements i have written on my notes
here today is that men need examples and
that’s not holy men, all of us are helped by examples.
but it does seem that as men we feel better when
other men show us that they are man
enough to do whatever it is that we have
hesitancy in doing, whether it is cook, sew,
babysit, or to shout, clap our hands, cry.
we sometimes can’t do it until we
see other men who have lost themselves
in the praise of god and in life.
so it would certainly be a fair question, on this
father’s day to ask, what do you know about a good father.
now when i say father i am speaking of one who
is the guardian or biological male in your life.
who takes you out with them, who teaches
you and gives you the instructions to follow.
proverbs talks about the son or daughter following
the instructions of the father, well, certainly there is no
equivocation about that, that’s
wonderful, howe’er, in order to follow one’s instructions
they most know what they’re doing.
we ask sociologically why are there so
many messed up families, what’s the problem?
well, in most of those cases, those children
have no or little example to follow.
there are exceptions but in most of those cases
they have little or no example to follow.
a good father is more than one who
provides shelter, food and body coverings.
now i pray that those fathers who are
here and those mothers who had to
be fathers also and everyone once in a while we find
some fathers who had to be mothers also:

saul:

our father which art in st. francis hospital for hypertension.
our father which art in jumpsuits and prisons, federal detention.
our father which art in dark bars and alleys, lethal injection.
our father which art in denial and delusion. this cannot happen again.

hallowed be thy. state your name for the record.
hallowed be thy. state your name for the record.
hallowed be thy. state your name for the record.
hallowed be thy. state your name for the record.
hallowed be thy. state your name for the record.
hallowed be thy. state your name for the record.

solstice (relion?)

dear goddess we made this break beat just for you
as an offering, can you hear us now.
dear goddess we made this break beat just for you
as an offering, can you hear us now.
dear goddess we made this break beat just for you
as an offering, can you feel us now.
dear goddess we made this break beat just for you
as an offering, can you heal us now.

when i was young i cried when i found out i couldn’t have children
soon after i started rhyming no one was nicer than me
i mean it upstate new york
i learned to beat box in my tree house
sounded good out there
would you rather hear about guns and fear
or broken gl-ss in the tenement
should i rob to make you fear me now.
dear goddess can you hear me now clear the
way and prepare me now dear goddess can you hear me now.

dear goddess we made this break beat just for you
as an offering, can you hear us now.
dear goddess we made this break beat just for you
as an offering, can you heal us now.

i’m suppose to be less of an mc
‘cause i never sold a key. i sold my homework but
y’all n-gg-s were too busy hustling to do
the down work now you can only rhyme about
how you’re stealing chrome work or your cell phone jerk
change your topic, d-mn i’m suppose to be praying
i got to stop it.

dear goddess we made this break beat just for you
as an offering, can you hear us now.
dear goddess we made this break beat just for you
as an offering, can you hear us now.

dear goddess we made this break beat just for you
as an offering. an offering.