No One And The Somebodies - Awake in the Dark

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What do I see when I turn out the light
Newsreels project from the back of my mind
Ceiling or backs of my eyelids the screen
Replaying every upsetting scene

How could this be the free world I've known
The bubble has popped, the cover is blown
The struggles of the past I thought were safe inside of books
I can't deny now that's not how it looks

Swaying in hammocks asleep in the day
It's hard not to love the American way
I dreamed I saw 300 million in a level field
Balanced and fair I could swear it was real

I won't let myself sleep
a quiet room so solitary
confinement to my own mind
our founding sins resonate from behind
protected little village
served unawareness what a privilege
conditioned to fear others
unrecognized sisters and brothers

I man begs for air with his face in the ground
A kid in the part in 2 seconds shot down
How many million people need to see with their own eyes
When fleecing turns to slaughter they just cover it with lies
The unarmed victims smeared and blamed for taking their own lives
They're dehumanized

I became sedated by the fantasy of an american dream
The system masturbated to the thought of a perpetual motion machine
run on the the subjugated with pennies on their eyes

So let's keep our eyes open
I need you all to see
That what's been built's still broken
Not everyone is free

And I guess you wanna roll your eyes hearing another white boy sing
Sing about the blues and Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King

Well no I didn't live this
No one deferred my dream
But when silence equals violence
What better time to scream

And together we can take the streets open some minds and light a spark
I'm following your lead I will always be awake in the dark

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from Chips For Dinner (split with Palberta), released June 29, 2015

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No One and the Somebodies Bronx, New York

No One and the Somebodies is composed of the four Yankou brothers: Brian, Steve, Kevin and Bobby. NOATS formed in Hawthorne, NY in 2001 and has toured nationally. The third full-length album, Numbers, was released on NOATS' 10th anniversary. The band's sound is decidedly diverse and can turn from dee dee dwee deedle fwee t'taaah to BWUUUAAAAAGGGHHHH BAKKA BAKKA KABBUDDA SKIPOOOOW pretty quickly. ... more

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