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Lerkot

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Sports and politics are liquids you cant combine

It will kill you, it might be over in absolutely no time

Inspired by Nationalteatern, I am here today to tell a story

That aint about bitches and not very much about glory

1968, a John Carlos took the third place in 200 meters

We wouldnt remember that if it didnt went a little deeper

Mr Brundage was smiling like he never had before

No American eyes where dry, thats somethin we know for sure

Even for the rest of the world the tears was near

Suddenly, the two black men raise their fists in the air

And the surprised high hat men swallows their whisky sour

They have humiliated The Stars with black power

The heart stopped beating for one or two patriotic dads

Our black boys have behaved very bad

Mr Carlos, you should have been satisfied with your big win

you should have stayed out of all that niggering

Cus the sports stands over politics, you dug your own grave

Be a strong power for your people or behave

Thats the big question

So what happened with John Carlos, y'all wonder

Well thats an story with a lot of rain and thunder

He got kicked out from the team and left Mexico

Got a job at Puma, as you all might already know

Earned his money by interviews, that costed 10 dollars

He said I have ta, if I want my family to get any older

A friend of my father interviewed him in 1974

He was still at Puma, and here comes the score

It started off and they spoke a little forced

My fathers friend was about to exit the door

When he suddenly saw a panther, on Carlos shirt

The friend said: then you still stay commited

You still fight for the black power, yet today

Carlos was quiet for a minute and answered calmly

It aint a panther

it is a puma

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I so wish this was an audio. I didn't recognize the name or idea until the line...

"Suddenly, the two black men raise their fists in the air" - I can remember that picture so vividly, since the 1st time I saw it.

"When he suddenly saw a panther, on Carlos shirt

The friend said: then you still stay commited

You still fight for the black power, yet today

Carlos was quiet for a minute and answered calmly

It aint a panther

it is a puma" - A genious message. After reading that, I think I'm gonna research John Carlos for a minute.

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Did you write this Lerkot? If you did, could you please clarify for me what you are trying to say? :hmm:

I can explain the lyrics line by line tomorrow, since it might be wierd lyrics to read, I mean if you read it in a special way, it could actually make me look like some lazy racist who think you should quiet down people who fight for something, but thats not the idea (of course).

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Did you write this Lerkot? If you did, could you please clarify for me what you are trying to say? :hmm:

I can explain the lyrics line by line tomorrow, since it might be wierd lyrics to read, I mean if you read it in a special way, it could actually make me look like some lazy racist who think you should quiet down people who fight for something, but thats not the idea (of course).

Wasn't yesterday tomorrow, or is tomorrow today? Anyways, hows bout it? :interesting:

TIM!!! Is a simple :) smiley too much to ask for??? :help:

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Did you write this Lerkot? If you did, could you please clarify for me what you are trying to say? :hmm:

I can explain the lyrics line by line tomorrow, since it might be wierd lyrics to read, I mean if you read it in a special way, it could actually make me look like some lazy racist who think you should quiet down people who fight for something, but thats not the idea (of course).

Wasn't yesterday tomorrow, or is tomorrow today? Anyways, hows bout it? :interesting:

TIM!!! Is a simple :) smiley too much to ask for??? :help:

Aw I forgot about it, gotta sleep now.. first thing tomorrow.

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"Mr Brundage was smiling like he never had before

No American eyes where dry, thats somethin we know for sure

Even for the rest of the world the tears was near

Suddenly, the two black men raise their fists in the air

And the surprised high hat men swallows their whisky sour

They have humiliated The Stars with black power

The heart stopped beating for one or two patriotic dads

Our black boys have behaved very bad

Mr Carlos, you should have been satisfied with your big win

you should have stayed out of all that niggering"

Based on what I've heard and read, the normal opinion in the USA was that he was a shame for the country, that he embarresed USA with his actions. The history of USA is filled with racism and this part kind of shows that by that time, black people where allowed to be praised and receive applaudes, but not really express themselves and their thoughts. Its kind of ironic in some way, people in USA could say that, "no, that aint true, he shouldnt be allowed to say so" and by trying to silence him proof that he was right, you know. The last two lines is kind of.. "if we give you a small small piece of the cookie, could you then be happy and quiet?"

"Cus the sports stands over politics, you dug your own grave

Be a strong power for your people or behave

Thats the big question"

Lol, that part is a bit wierd, but basically it means that in sports you can express your thoughts and get more attention and critisism than if you were a politician, because then you can say pretty much anything you want since you have a great education. The second row is kind of saying that you cant choose both... you have to chose between the money and the dignity and your principles.. kinda.

"So what happened with John Carlos, y'all wonder

Well thats an story with a lot of rain and thunder

He got kicked out from the team and left Mexico

Got a job at Puma, as you all might already know

Earned his money by interviews, that costed 10 dollars

He said I have ta, if I want my family to get any older

A friend of my father interviewed him in 1974

He was still at Puma, and here comes the score

It started off and they spoke a little forced

My fathers friend was about to exit the door

When he suddenly saw a panther, on Carlos shirt

The friend said: then you still stay commited

You still fight for the black power, yet today

Carlos was quiet for a minute and answered calmly

It aint a panther

it is a puma"

That part is basically saying that John Carlos made a choise in 1968 to support the idea he believed in.. but that he gave it up and therefor became a truly miserable man... kinda, you get it? ^^

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Because US is the most important country in the world. It got a big history and changes the world everyday, sometimes in a positive way and sometimes in a negative way. It is one of the most modern countries, but a still got a lot of the old thinking who should have disappeared many many decades ago. Its a fascinating country in good ways and in bad ways.

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Thanx Lerkot, I'm feelin ya. Got a gig at Grandmaster Caz's tonight so I'll say a bit more tomorrow.

grandmaster caz was Will's favorite emcee..he actually made Will want to write..and become an emcee :bowdown: :bowdown:

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Hope ya had fun Coz. Man. I can't believe that every Friday and Saturday night, I always find myself sitting at home doing nothing. haha... Cookie's excuse this weekend = I'm sick. haha...

Maybe if I lived near Julie, I wouldn't have an excues. lol.

peace,

cookie

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