I count lives all on these songs
Look at the weak and cry, pray one day you'll be strong
Fighting for your rights, even when you're wrong
And hope that at least one of you sing about me when I'm gone
All of his songs are dedicated to people he knew who died or suffered. He recognizes their pain, prays for them, and fights for a different reality, even if they’ve been “wrong” (killed, prostituted, used drugs, etc.)
There’s also a Biblical allusion here:
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
He counts 5 lives on this song: Dave, Dave’s brother, Keisha, Keisha’s sister and himself.
The “count lives” is a play on to the two previous lines, “Four/ Fives” and “20 generations”.
And in doing this, he hopes in turn, someone will sing for him.
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