Lupe Fiasco - In Lyrics[Intro]I was born in a small villageI was still a child when we were raided by soldiersForeign soldiersTorn from my elders, I was made to speak their languageWith each new post, my masters changedAlong with the words they made me speakWith each change, I changed tooMy thoughts, personality, how I saw right and wrongWords can killTime and again, the country was ruled by a foreign tongueWhen he was a young boy, he lost his native languageThe bedrock for any developing childHis country, his family, his face, his identityEverything was stolen from him[Verse 1]Meet me on the corner, I be waiting on youThousand years of better right into foreverFire on my feathers, fall from out of heavenFight without a weapon, life without a lessonLost, I'm my own boss, pay my own costFill my own goals, see my own hopesTired of all of this, wish I had a switchOne kiss then you cut me offKnowledge is the power, college is for cowardsHollering for hours, swallowing the sourSkin stuck around the rims, peeking in on a life so sweetThe other side made it, why don't we?[Interlude]From ancient times, every civilization's ruler has had the same idea. When people unite under one will, they become stronger than the sum of their parts and what do rulers use to bring people together? Language. "This world will become one, I have found the way. Race, tribal affiliations, national borders - even our faces will be irrelevant. The world that the boss envisioned will finally become a reality and it will make mankind whole again[Verse 2]Found a friend in the words and my words and it worksTake away the pain, take away the hurtMake a way to make a change, make it saneSpecially if you plan on staying on this EarthLow to the lows, high to the highsEyes to the sky, strive to revive, dying to survivePool full of cries but it's cool, I'm still aliveAnd every breath is every left soulAnd the family never kept wholeIn the slum, want to quest to be the best of being lessNever let go, the best road to the next levelAnd the scenes where it's mean to do the right thingNot to be a good king but the best devilSo it's horns for the crown, torn from the groundRoses by the roots stolen from the roofs on parade daysLook at them rain downI was brought here a slaveBut I leave here a pharaoh[Interlude]America is a country of liberty, a meeting of immigrantsInstead of simply assimilating, its citizens live alongside othersSo the major sought a system that used informationWords to control the subconsciousIn his eyes, the greatest symbiotic parasite the world's ever known isn't microbial -- it's linguisticWords is what keep civilization, our world, alive[Outro]If you are what you say you are, the coolestWon't you just shine down?You are what you say you are, the coolestWon't you just shine down?