Divided States

by Monk Turner

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1.
We’re in the streets taking a stand Chanting and making demands But when they start to think we might make a change they’re pulling down the shades Next thing you know they’ll be sending in the Clown Brigade We know the system’s corrupt And nothing will make us give up ‘cause when they start to think we might make a change they’re pulling down the shades Next thing you know they’ll be sending in the Clown Brigade ‘cause when they start to think we might make a change they’re pulling down the shades Next thing you know they’ll be sending in the Clown Brigade In a suit of armor with metal batons They try to make you feel afraid But we’ve gotta stand up to the Clown Brigade
2.
They think they’re right, just because their skin is white They’ll make someone a criminal Get out the phone, to dial 911 Because they feel uncomfortable When they call the cops They say whatever they like When something makes them feel afraid One call can make it go away They want their country back, so they go on the attack With a call to the authorities They want to get their way, in the good ole’ USA It’s like racial purity When they call the cops They say whatever they like When something makes them feel afraid One call can make it go away The cost of white anxiety A broken down society Looking through a tinted lens not knowing what they see Fearing that they’ve lost control while others still can’t breathe The privilege just to be
3.
Not a King 02:26
We are not your servants And you are not a king You’re just a fake manipulator with a massive ego Running this country like a bankrupt casino You are not a king You’re not a leader you’re drunk with power Doing devious things Come down from your high tower You are not a king We are not your disciples We see right through your lies You’re a just a little puppet with a poison tongue Been acting like a bully since you were young And you are not a king We’re gonna take back your power Just wait and see Come down from your high tower You are not a king We’re gonna take back your power Just wait and see Come down from your high tower You are not a king
4.
77 times Everything is fine But if I add one more on top of that It breaks your pious camel in half You turn your back on me Cause you’re just too blind to see The punishment doesn’t fit the crime And you’re not going to let it go this time Oh no, I’ve lost my halo Like an angel fallen out of heaven Cursed and never to be forgiven, yeah You make me less than dirt And quote some stupid verse Find a hallowed place to pray And think your pain go away Guess that’s just way it has to be Oh no, I’ve lost my halo Like an angel fallen out of heaven Cursed and never to be forgiven Guess that’s just way it has to be You’ve always gotta have an enemy You play all the hymns On your tiny violin But you cannot find a way to forgive me I’ll never be redeemed unless I get down on my knees So I guess I have to live with your goddamn label Oh no, I’ve lost my halo Like an angel fallen out of heaven Cursed and never to be forgiven Guess that’s just way it has to be You’ve always gotta have an enemy Oh no, I’ve lost my halo Like an angel fallen out of heaven Cursed and never to be forgiven, yeah
5.
A house divided Cannot stand A country fighting against itself is brought to desolation across the land We are all toy soldiers in an endless culture war We preach to our choirs and we’re always keeping score A house divided Cannot stand A country fighting against itself is brought to desolation across the land It can’t stand It can’t stand It can’t stand We live in our bubbles with our tribe that thinks the same We know who we worship and we know who gets the blame A house divided Cannot stand A country fighting against itself is brought to desolation A country fighting against itself is brought to desolation A house divided A house divided A house divided Cannot stand It can’t stand It can’t stand It can’t stand
6.
Before this Union dies Let’s open up our eyes And see that something’s wrong This freedom is a lie A lie that makes us say That everything’s okay That we are all the same And we should just to move on Oooooh Don’t turn away Oooooh Can’t you hear the sound The cry of a divided nation Some don’t even to try Just go about their lives And only to choose to see What they want to believe But some don’t have that choice But we won’t hear their voice They’re lucky if they get To live another day Oooooh Don’t turn away Oooooh Can’t you hear the sound The cry of a divided nation Oooooh Don’t turn away Oooooh Can’t you hear the sound The cry of a divided nation
7.
We agree on the weather Anything else Is a disaster I can’t say the words I want to say I try to keep us together Giving you all the right answers It doesn’t matter what I say It always seems like I say something wrong We both have our agendas And everything offends us I strive to make you feel okay I try to keep us together Giving you all the right answers It doesn’t matter what I say It always seems like I say something wrong I try to keep us together Giving you all the right answers It doesn’t matter what I say It always seems like I say something wrong
8.
Little girl, little girl This world is so divided People are always fighting, little girl Little girl, little girl I wish things could be better And people could work together, little girl A civil war Is breaking down Our fragile unity At least we have each other, little girl Little girl, little girl I hope that’ll you’ll forgive me I tried my best to make things good for you A storm is coming Rome is burning Earth is breaking down At least we have each other, little girl Little girl Woooah I hope that you can find a way to fix the mess that we’ve made Little girl Woooah I wish that there was something I could do so you won’t feel afraid The sky is falling And no one is Coming to save the day But a least we have each other Yeah we have one another But at least we have each other, little girl
9.
Red and Blue 02:27
We don’t talk to the other side Stretched across this great divide It’s better just to stay at odds In one nation under gaud Now we’re just red and blue And there’s nothing that we can do We will hold each other down As we sink into the ground Into the republic for which it stands On a foundation built in quick sand Now we’re just red and blue And there’s nothing that we can do So we suffer the same fate Living in divided states Yeah we suffer the same fate Living in divided states Yeah we suffer the same fate Living in divided states Yeah we suffer the same fate Living in divided states Now we’re just red and blue And there’s nothing that we can do
10.
There’s a half-wit in a red hat And he says the earth is flat And he says that the news is fake I can’t take these Con con con Conman conspiracies Con con con Conman lies Con con con Conspiracies There’s a woman holding a sign And she’s shouting like she’s out of her mind Never questioning what she hears She believes these Con con con Conman conspiracies Con con con Conman lies Con con con Conspiracies Con con con Conman conspiracies Con con con Conman lies Con con con Conspiracies used to be harmless Like a monkey with a gun But now they’re news It’ll take all of us To undo what’s been done Or else we’re screwed Con con con Conman conspiracies Con con con Conman lies Con con con Conspiracies Con con con Conman conspiracies Con con con Conman lies Con con con Conspiracies
11.
While our house is burning down We can’t see the light Instead of putting out the fire, We get into a fight Working together aint easy But staying divided will keep us down Is this the best we can be? Or is there still hope to find our unity? What can be done to come together? Out of many, one In a nation founded On inequality We could rise above it all Through our diversity Working together aint easy But staying divided will keep us down Is this the best we can be? Or is there still hope to find our unity? What can be done to come together? Out of many, one Is this the best we can be? Or is there still hope to find our unity? What can we, what can we do?
12.
Protests are all over town Statues are coming down A new American Revolution We’re taking a second look At what’s in our history books A new American Revolution A call for reformation All across the nation A new American Revolution Comin’ to a divided nation We need a brand new constitution For this American Revolution And we hope that change will finally come People are questioning Questioning everything A new American Revolution We will determine the fate Of these divided states A new American Revolution A call for reformation All across the nation A new American Revolution Comin’ to a divided nation We need a brand new constitution For this American Revolution And we hope that change will finally come Yeah we hope that change will finally come

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releases October 30, 2020

All songs written June 2017 - July 2020 and recorded April 2020 - July 2020. All songs published by Rabid Hit Music (ASCAP) and written by Monk Turner. All songs performed by Monk Turner except "Little Girl Little Girl" which features Turner Jr on vocals. Special thanks to Starskee Suave for the solid gold voiceover talent in the promotional video.

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