The Challenged me to write, and even though the thoughts were there
I was afraid the words wouldn't come out of my mouth
see true art needs inspiration
And I feel compelled to shout
that "I haven't been inspired lately"
As a look around I receive meaningless glances
from a world moving all to quick to really care
giving birth to children, not willing to learn the real issues
yet our fate lies in their hands
shoulders to weak to carry the weight of the world
still performing in "black face" but unaware
forgive me if I sound negative its just
that "I haven't been inspired lately.
They screamed "free at last"
A black man is president
and I cant help but be fearful
Our nation hasn't risen from beneath the thick blanket of racism
and it makes me tearful
Instead we've become comforted with it
so much that we dont even notice
it removal leaving us exposed
much more so than our apple bottoms showing "Butt cleavage"
exposure of our people as a whole
Forgive me If I sound Negative its just that
I haven't been inspired lately.
See what happened to the kind of men who fought for civil rights
and the women who had their backs
now I see men who fight for rims and cars
and women jockin Cadillac's
when boys rep their "hood"
and not their race.
little girls left with blemished thoughts of men
cause daddy left without a trace.
The thoughts of what this generation could be
brings tears to my eyes
with the young folks we beg and plea but they don't hear our cries
Something has to change
something has to set us free
don't mean to be negative its just
that I haven't been inspired lately
young Malcolm's, and Martins, Rosa, Young Sojourner Truth
reclaim your rightful place in this world
giving up you must refuse
young kings and queens
your legacy you must not lose.
everyday, every step you take
every move you make, seals your fate
see, I beg you help me change my words to
I've been inspired lately
It takes one small step to start a movement
will we continue to stand here dazed and confused
or will we strive for IMPROVEMENT
or should I say DEVELOPMENT
because before we can get BETTER
we got to start OVER
removing all of the negative characteristics that plague our people
encouraging the youth to make the change
otherwise we just produce the sequel
to an UNINSPIRED generation
So I stand before you today
to make this DECLARATION
it only takes one tiny spark of INSPIRATION
to start a movement that could change a nation
so I ask you, what will your step toward ELEVATION
of this GENERATION be?