Culture of Fear — Thievery Corporation

Culture of Fear -- Thievery Corporation

Seems to me like they want us to be afraid, man
Or maybe we just like being afraid
Maybe we just so used to it at this point
That it’s just a part of us, part of our culture
Security alert on orange
It’s been on orange since ’01, G
I mean wassup man
Can’t a brother get yellow, man
Just for like two months or something
Goddamn, sick of that

Mic check
The groom is dead so I’mma rhyme like a lunatic
I do this . . . with the non-assuming wit
The corporation caught you up bassing the tempo
My name is Lift Baster intro now let’s go
The flow of life throwing strife into the mix
To the big dark condition and the word is sick
The powers to be, a power in me
To speak of our stress and strife that I see everyday
And more to speak of our culture of fear
It’s up in your ear
They’re telling us terrorists are about to strike
Maybe tonight, right

Let me just back up slowly with critical analysis
Of those who control me
It used to be just had a screen in the crib on the TV
But now we carry screens when we leave
See laptops, smart phones, now we’re never alone
A little affliction I call a media dome
But on the low famine is the programmin’
You want to watch your favorite show because it’s so slammin’
Hold hands and let’s gaze into the beautiful glare
While we’re here so immersed
In this culture of fear

Yo, we fear the IRS, fear the INS, fear God
I’m more afraid of a credit card than a terror squad
But really y’all, we’re suspecting the weapons overseas
Yet MasterCard and Visa won’t allow me to breathe
They deceive the enemy is in the fine print
They assassinate salad with no single assailant
Walls I am scaling to get the view of the blue skies
Beautiful, then a couple choppers flew by
Representin’ element ahead, a sentiment that you feel
When you know for real

The deal starts with a smile, concludes with a handshake
Physical to alter your subliminal landscape
You leave thinking, “I can really trust that guy”
To be honest with you, you should’ve really punched that guy
Now it’s Operation Shake-a-Banker, thank you for the loan
See you when you come to repossess my home
Alone at night, sweating of visions of Armageddon
I’ve never seen the threat, yet I feel threatened
Parts of our society designed to smear freedom
Don’t succumb to this culture of fear

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Brian V. Lee provides bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, business turnaround, and litigation services to clients in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. Brian was the Washington, D.C. state chair of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys from 2016 to 2018.