That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. Second Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama

This sentence is evocative of the deist principles that many of our forefathers possessed, namely Thomas Jefferson. Deists believed in a “clockmaker God” who wound up a giant clock (the universe) and let it play out, free of interruption. We must preserve the planet that has been entrusted to us by our “maker.”

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This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. Second Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama

This generation has persevered through several national disasters, including but not limited to: 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Aurora and Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. These horrific events have presented challenges to our nation but proved our resilience in the face of danger and destruction.

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Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Second Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama

“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase is meant to exemplify the “unalienable rights” with which all human beings are endowed for the protection of which they institute governments.

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Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Second Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama

Obama is a strong advocate for gay rights. He argues that everyone is truly created equal, regardless of sexual orientation; thus, gay individuals should have just as much right as anyone else to marry.

Obama’s stance prompted influential and openly gay political writer Andrew Sullivan to call Obama America’s “First Gay President”:

In The New Yorker, Richard Socarides has already called this inaugural address “perhaps the most important gay-rights speech in American history.”

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Jumpers, coke, sweet Mary Jane
Sugar man you're the answer
Sugarman by Rodriguez

He’s simply listing the variety of drugs that the Sugarman has to offer. The inventory includes uppers, cocaine, and marijuana.

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Sugar man, won't you hurry
'Cos I'm tired of these scenes
For a blue coin won't you bring back
All those colors to my dreams
Sugarman by Rodriguez

This verse describes the interaction between Rodriguez and his drug dealer, the “sugarman.” Tired and apathetic, Rodriguez simply wants another high to pass the time and add meaning in the form of a vibrant trip.

The term “blue coin” is slang for ones pride, honor, or value. It is especially used in contexts where someone’s honor is being taken away; hence, their blue chip being revoked or stolen. By sacrificing his personal pride and self-worth, he pleads the Sugarman to relieve him with a good fix!

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Fergus
February 12th, 2014

Since the citation for the meaning of “blue coin” attributes it to the LEGO Star Wars video game, it seems an unreliable source for the meaning in Rodriguez’s song, which greatly pre-dates the video game.

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Sugar man, Sugar man, Sugar man, Sugar man
Sugar man, Sugar man, Sugar man
Sugarman by Rodriguez

Searching for Sugar Man is a 2012 Swedish/British documentary directed by Malik Bendjelloul, detailing the efforts of two Cape Town fans, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out if the rumored death of American musician Rodriguez was true, and, if not, to discover what had become of him. Rodriguez’s music, which never took off in the United States, had become wildly popular in South Africa, but little was known about him there. The film is produced by Simon Chinn and John Battsek.

The documentary has been nominated for “Best Documentary” at the 2013 Academy Awards.

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Ass-tight Denim and some Dunks Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake (Ft. Jay Z)

Heavy on the dunks (light on the denim…) but you get the picture:

Jay could also be using a homophone between Dunks and “donk”, hence the “ass-tight” Denim

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I be on my suit and tie shit, tied shit, tied Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake (Ft. Jay Z)

Justin’s on that suit and tie shit. And trust me, he’s got a few things to show you.

Justin considers the Rat Pack his style icons.

Beyonce is into that suit and tie swag too

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Light up, light up, light up
I got this, chill
Never Can Say Goodbye by Raekwon 8

Smoke something, Raekwon’s got this.

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