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Shad + Skratch Bastid
The Spring Up


v1 -
what if we cant
be this perfect, genius
thesis, dean's list
virgin, jesus
shirt and clean crisp
jeans fitted
and all straight from
the seamstress
seamless persons
we all fall to pieces
what if peace is
smthg more than
if power rules the world,
living peacefully is treason
defenceless defeating the legions of demons
peace isn't pleasing the ppl
it's a belief in people above profits
prophets that speak for peace
more often than not
reap their fair share of the beatings
it's not naive in the least
it's hard fought and
the deepest thought
and the peak of our reason
it's peace

v2 -
just another young lyricist
spittin that unserious
it's clear that conscious rap
is dead
we done hearing it
heads feeling that trap
cuz we trapped still
only the stats still rappin
bout how blacks kill black
cuz no one wanna hear those facts still
thats so 90's
thats sending a fax still
no paper in that reel/real
no paper in that mill
half mill plus locked up
who wanna listen to that?
all we want is peace
the poor and the rich
from the beaches to the streets
so we'd rather hear beats
than the sound of the beast
now these comics is prophets
see the clown as he weeps
crack jokes, crack eggs
for a feast
got us all scrambled:
gotta beat em just to eat
and it's not taught
which teaches to repeat
this strong strange cycle violence
now whats harder than peace
it's not naive in the least
it's hard fought
its the deepest thought
and the one thing we seek
it's not just talk
when we meet
when we greet
when we grieve
when we leave
the last word
we speak

chris hedges:
hope has a cost
hope is not comfortable or easy
hope requires personal risk
it is not about the right attitude or peace of mind
hope is action
hope is doing smthg
hope never makes sense
hope is weak, unorganized and absurd
hope which is always non-violent
exposes in it's powerlessness the lies, fraud, and coercion (of the state)
hope posits that ppl are drawn to the good by the good
this is the secret of hope's power
hope does not separate us from them
hope sees in our enemy our own face

Shad + Skratch Bastid
The Spring Up


from The Spring Up, released June 12, 2013
Synth and Bass: I. W. K. Koiter.
Speech: Chris Hedges
Mixed by Elijah Walsh




Shad Vancouver, British Columbia

Shad is a Juno Award winning rapper and 3-time Polaris Music Prize shortlist nominee from London, Ontario. His 4 full-length albums have been recognized for their sharp lyrics and soulful arrangements.

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