Public Enemy Shut Em Down (LP version) cover

Shut Em Down (LP version)
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Verse 1
I testified
My mama cried
Black people died
When the other man lied
Verse 2
See the TV listen to me double trouble
I overhaul and I'm comin'
From the lower level
I'm takin' tabs
Verse 3
Sho nuff stuff to grab
Like shirts it hurts
With a neck to wreck
Took a poll 'cause our soul
Verse 4
Took a toll
From the education
Of a TV station
But look around
Verse 5
Hear go the sound of the wreckin' ball
Boom and Pound
When I
Shut 'em down
Verse 6
One two three four five
Six seven eight nine
What I use in the battle for the mind
I hit it hard
Like it supposed
Verse 7
Pullin' no blows to the nose
Like uncle L said I'm rippin' up shows
Then what it is
Only 5 percent of the biz
Verse 8
I'm addin' woes
That's how da way it goes
Then you think I rank never drank, point blank
I own loans
Verse 9
Suckers got me runnin' from the bank
Civil liberty I can't see to pay a fee
I never saw a way to pay a sap
To read the law
Verse 10
Then become a victim of a lawyer
Don't know ya, never saw ya
Tape cued
Gettin' me sued
Verse 11
Playin' games wit' my head
What the judge said put me in the red
Got me thinkin' 'bout a trigger to the lead
No no
Verse 12
My education mind say
Suckers gonna pay
Anyway
There gonna be a day
Verse 13
'Cause the troop they roll in
To posse up
Whole from the ground
Ready to go
Verse 14
Throw another round
Sick of the ride
It's suicide
For the other side of town
Verse 15
When I find a way to shut 'em down
Who count the money
In da neighborhood
But we spendin' money
Verse 16
To no end lookin' for a friend
In a war to the core
Rippin' up the poor in da stores
Till they get a brother
Verse 17
Kickin' down doors
Then I figure I kick it bigger
Look 'em dead in the eye
And they wince
Verse 18
Defense is pressurized
They don't want it to be
Another racial attack
In disguise so give some money back
Verse 19
I like Nike but wait a minute
The neighborhood supports so put some
Money in it
Corporations owe
Verse 20
Dey gotta give up the dough
To da town
Or else
We gotta shut 'em down

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