Say it straight

Let’s say it straight
let’s not mince words
if you’re thinking selfishly
it is absurd
we’re all in this together
but you don’t seem to know
you are part the group
but you continue to show
signs that you aren’t listening
signs that you don’t care
you know you are infected
so you go to Hampton’s to share?
We all applaud the efforts
of assholes with too much wealth
while they fly about the country
across oceans just as well.
We speak kindly of
those who endanger us
why not say it straight?
Is the truth not good enough?
Yes, these folks are assholes.
No, they do not care.
What’s a million dollars to a billionaire?
Let’s all just be honest
say just what we mean
if you’re living selfish
you deserve the shame received.
Do not make excuses
this is no time to plead
you are just a prick
spreading around an infection disease.

Classism: Do you see what I see

Do you see the other side
smiling to you as they lie
the rich hold up in their mansions
speaking like they know their actions
telling you we’re all the same
as if they even know the game
they are bored while we all die
claim we’re equal while trapped inside
they got good and money and comfort
we’re not equal they don’t suffer
they get tested recover quick
we get stories of dying kids
this is when you should remember
you are not a Kardashian or Jenner
you don’t have it like Madonna
Gaga isn’t actually your mama
do you see how they smile
they’ll tell you how they survived it
chastise you when they still roam
go wherever the fuck they own
put the top down change the scene
do you think the rich know
what isolation means?

Token

Broken
so often token
lost in a sea of gold
I’ve been on both sides darling
but I don’t think that you know
I got my lace dress on
and I got that heart that shines
you think I’m made from nothing
you got tears in your eyes
I’ve been out in the dust cloud
I’ve weathered plenty of storms
here in your garden honey
I know my worth is torn
I’ve been the token body
poor girl that’s given more
I got lost in the diamonds
thought I could make the grade
but when you cut the cards baby
I’m the one that don’t get play
broken so often token
lost in that sea of gold
oh man my number’s spoken
you got the worth I don’t

Human

I want to be just like you
without the struggle and the strife
don’t want to give anything back tonight
but I’m just like you aren’t I?
Don’t you know we’re all the same
the money in the bank don’t play
I got blood in my veins honey
so it’s you I want to be okay
ain’t nothing stopping me today
I want to be just like you
without the struggle
without the sacrifice
I want to keep my plush
risk free kind of life
I want to be you
want to say I struggle too
though you I mean it on a human way
not like I’m going to be evicted
it’s that I’ve got bills that go unpaid
I want to be just like you
because I bleed too
because I know things about the holidays
like buying Christmas trees
and living the lights up long
I’m just like you
and you’ll keep playing along
because I’m human too
in the end I’m just like you
without the strife and struggle
or reality in tune

Show folks and carni kids

Put it in perspective
put it your mind
that everything is different
from various other sides
do you have a blanket
or even just a couch?
Do you own a car or
have a pool to test out?
Sometimes you never see
the things that do exist
if you’ve ever owned a monkey
I’m tired of your shit
every tear that’s shed
is a tear for us to drink
your mental health has cost
and you can afford that shrink
so cry me a fucking river
and fill that river with cash
if I should feel sorry for Justin Bieber
I should get paid for that
perspective changes lots of things
turning entertainers into kings
we forget what show folk means
just carni kids that are paid to sing
so sing for me and accept your bed
if your life sucks-you’ve chosen it.

Katy Perry on deportation

Deportation is a sin
unless that man
is white in skin
a threat to me
because I say!
I am Katy Perry-
so deport away!
He threatened me,
stalked my day-
I am so completely afraid
doesn’t matter that M13 stays
they may be a terrorist group
but I am not okay!
Just like liberals who hire guns
you deserve justice just because?
Oh-you have the funds
to pay for it
keep everyone but those
I don’t pick.

Pandering

The rich will act
as wealth don’t matter
all of it the same
then they will tell you
all the factors
contributing
to your pain
but cash in hand
gets more than laughter
bravery will get you killed
but when you live inside the castle
you don’t know how the
impoverished feel.

American Benefits

I don’t have a drug problem
I don’t have a baby
what I have are bills to pay
with no assistance to save me.
I pay into benefits
they don’t offer me anyway.
I am not a junkie or a single mom
if I were today most my problems would be gone
if I came illegally or was a refugee
the government would provide me
money to get onto my feet
but I have lived a good life
I’ve been responsible
I gave my life to social work
but could be without a home
I have worked my whole to make it comfortable
I have given up my mind
and now I’m on my own.
Never thought my country
would turn out not to be my home
a place where all my labor
turns out to be on loan
for someone very different
to make it all their own.
No, I have lived a good life
but now I’m on my knees
there is nothing left in a country
filled with thieves
we protect all others
leaving good citizens to bleed.

Everybody’s in a red shirt

Never speak a word
neither noun nor verb
you might yet get hurt
now that everyone is
afraid verse.
Speak truth not again
this world a cold haven
of thoughts not yet given
to acts of critical examination.
Honesty a victim
of lost inhibitions
no courage
just submission
making slaves for the richest
follow thieves to the ditches
remain silent in witness
to your end-
speech useless.

Classism

Let them eat cake!
Let them be safe!
Let them donate!
Let them all pay!
Here we are again,
nobody’s your friend.
We shall end up dead
forgetting the rich have fed
on our skins and bones-
can’t you hear the moans?
Not reaping what you’re owed
but living life on loan-
all this stress for soul
this cost is all you know.
Pay until you sow
never to be let go
you belong right here-
sustained by ignorance and fear.