The American Way

from The Suburbs Have Ruined My Life by Proper

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Will someone give me the details
About when men decided that they could control
The reproductive rights of a female
Spewing hatred towards the ladies
When none of them could ever have babies
Boasting shady so called facts
Claiming they’re doing god’s work
But taking away more than they’ll ever give back
So condemn your friends for daring to step in
And defend and embrace their sexuality
But your bros can fuck as many women as they please
While failing to see the dichotomy
Between what they’re doing and these women they’re slut shaming
Whose fault is it really?
Will someone speak up so I know who I should be blaming

Because they said I could hear freedom ring
And I could be anything
But they forgot to say unless you’re a woman, black, or gay
Because, hey hey, that’s the American way

And will someone tell me why it’s assumed that because I’m black
I must smoke weed, do a little crack
Each so much fried chicken that I’m destined for a heart attack
Cuz I wear old man glasses
And my pants high watered but these southern gentlemen still believe
I want to rob their houses and fuck their daughters
Or that I look like a mix of Urkel and Carlton
But they’ll still label me a crook
So if it’s like that then for the record
Real thugs read books
And if they could only see
That my own people give me the same dirty looks
For not being black enough or my parents moving up
From the opportunities they took
I guess I’ll never be off the hook

Because they said I could hear freedom ring
And I could be anything
But they forgot to say unless you’re a woman, black, or gay
Because, hey hey, that’s the American way

So who has the right to say
That someone can’t get married because they’re gay
How do you expect respect if you handle things that way
You can’t just punish others for not abiding by your beliefs
I know you want a christian nation
But look at what this country wants versus what it really needs
You spend so much timing teaching that being gay is wrong
But these kids can barely read, do simple math, or pay attention for too long
So I want apologize because if I said it then I fucking meant it
And if you’ve got a problem with that
We’ll take it out back
And get you acquainted with the cement, kid

Because they said I could hear freedom ring
And I could be anything
But they forgot to say unless you’re a woman, black, or gay
Because, hey hey, that’s the American way
Yeah, hey hey, it’s the American way

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from The Suburbs Have Ruined My Life, released January 31, 2018

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