Hearsay (Single)

by Alma Cook

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Hearsay 04:11
You know it really is a great tale But I have to speak in code, or you’ll take this as hate mail And on the chance my debate fails, Quick as I came, I'll be looking for the quickest escape trail The safe trail's the quickest in sight, but If I step on nobody's toes I must not be doing my job right It's not about me thinking that I'm right, It's about a generation that lost motivation to fight. So who can tell me where the fire went? Take me to your leader—would she even know where you start & I end? She's talking funny & she's coming on strong; Moses help me, how do I free a people with a song? CHORUS: Just let the band play It's all hearsay Just let the band play It's all hearsay You know it really is a great shame That we choose to bow our heads to the smokescreens & fake names And euphemistic campaigns I mean I don't know about you, but, we came here to break chains So there'll be no polite fiction tonight 'Cause if I walk where everyone goes I will not be happy in hindsight. It's not about me thinking that I'm right, We're just trying to build a nation & make them ready to fight So while you think about this, Pay a little mind to the things that you're doing with your lips. No strings, just seeing if it fits Prove to me world peace is more than a vague wish, go. CHORUS BREAKDOWN: Feed the hoax with keyboard strokes & holidays, Cigarettes & Kanye West & cabernet. I'm puzzled by the pride I find upon your faces; Activist with benefits, I call your name.

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With one foot in hip-hop & the other in jazz, "Hearsay" confronts moral relativism & culture-wide hypocrisy.

For Laurie Croasdale, Rachael Peterson, Natalie Pohorski, & the Facing Blue movement. Learn more: facingblue.org.

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released February 1, 2018

Written by Alma Cook. All vocals arranged & performed by Alma Cook. Produced by Chris Thigpen, who also contributed bass, guitar, & keys. Trumpet by Noah Conrad. Engineered & mixed by Raz Klinghoffer (Los Angeles, CA), with additional production work by Chris Thigpen. Mastered by Karibu Mastering (Ala di Stura, Italy). Artwork by Alma Cook.

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