Public Enemy – Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos Lyrics

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[Verse 1]
I got a letter from the government the other day
I opened and read it, it said they were suckers

They wanted me for their army or whatever
Picture me giving a damn -- I said never
Here is a land that never gave a damn
About a brother like me and myself
Because they never did

I wasn't with it but just that very minute it occurred to me:
The suckers had authority
Cold sweating as I dwell in my cell
How long has it been?
They got me sitting in the state pen

I gotta get out, but that thought was thought before
I contemplated a plan on the cell floor

I'm not a fugitive on the run
But a brother like me begun to be another one
Public enemy serving time - they drew the line y'all
To criticize me some crime; never the less
They could not understand that I'm a Black man
And I could never be a veteran

On the strength, the situation's unreal
I got a raw deal, so I'm going for the steel

[Verse 2]
They got me rotting in the time that I'm serving
Telling you what happened the same time they're throwing
Four of us packed in a cell like slaves -- oh well
The same motherfucker got us living in his hell
You have to realize -- what its a form of slavery
Organized under a swarm of devils
Straight up
- word 'em up on the level
The reasons are several, most of them federal
Here is my plan anyway and I say
I got gusto, but only some I can trust - yo
Some do a bid from 1 to 10

And I never did, and plus I never been
I'm on a tier where no tears should ever fall
Cell block and locked - I never clock it y'all
Cause time and time again time
They got me serving to those and to them
I'm not a citizen
But ever when I catch a C-O
Sleeping on the job - my plan is on go-ahead

On the strength, I'mma tell you the deal
I got nothing to lose
Cause I'm going for the steel

[Verse 3]
You know I caught a C-O
Falling asleep on death row
I grabbed his gun -- then he did what I said so
And everyman's got served
Along with the time they served
Decency was deserved

To understand my demands
I gave a warning -- I wanted the governor, y'all
And plus the warden to know
That I was innocent
Because I'm militant

Posing a threat, you bet it's fucking up the government
My plan said I had to get out and break north
Just like with Oliver's neck
I had to get off
- my boys had the feds in check
They couldn't do nothing
We had a force to instigate a prison riot
This is what it takes for peace
So I just took the piece

Black for Black inside time to cut the leash
Freedom to get out -- to the ghetto -- no sell out
6 C-Os we got we ought to put their head out
But I'll give 'em a chance, cause I'm civilized

As for the rest of the world, they can't realize
A cell is hell - I'm a rebel so I rebel
Between bars, got me thinking like an animal
Got a woman C-O to call me a copter
She tried to get away, and I popped her
Twice, right
Now who wanna get nice?
I had 6 C-Os, now it's 5 to go

And I'm serious -- call me delirious
But I'm still a captive
I gotta rap this
Time to break as time grows intense
I got the steel in my right hand
Now I'm looking for the fence


[Verse 4]
I ventured into the courtyard
Followed by 52 brothers
Bruised, battered, and scarred but hard
Going out with a bang
Ready to bang out
But power from the sky
And from the tower shots rang out

A high number of dose -- yes
And some came close
Figure I trigger my steel
Stand and hold my post
This is what I mean -- an anti-nigger machine
If I come out alive and then they won't come clean
And then I threw up my steel bullets flew up
Blew up, who shot
What, who, the bazooka was who
And to my rescue, it was the S1Ws
Secured my getaway, so I just got away

The joint broke, from the black smoke
Then they saw it was rougher than the average bluffer
Cause the steel was black, the attitude exact
Now the chase is on telling you to c'mon
53 brothers on the run, and we are gone

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