NORMALCY

“Instead of providing a decent education to poor young people, American society offers them the growing potential of being incarcerated; buttressed by the fact that the U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that sentences minors to death and spends “three times more on each incarcerated citizen than on each public school pupil” (Wokusch, 2002: 1).

 

“Normalcy”

 

Verse 1:

Innocent child twinkle in his eye

Kareens through the streets with unique style

Peers grant him a grave reputation

School with unfair stigmatation

 

Hangin’ with kids from the wrong side

Didn’t want to be no snitch, hung his head and lied

Gang injunction follows him where he goes

Even when he does right, nobody knows

 

Chorus:

What is normalcy in this world?

Momma’s precious little baby pearl

Children sentenced to a life of death

In between they seek some kind of happiness

Misfit can’t get normalcy in this world

 

Verse 2:

Young man in the city survives by day

Cops guard the streets but they still aint safe

Can’t find a job, slings drugs to get by

His friends all gone, when he’s convicted in trial

 

Just another jail statistic

Wanted to be an engineer told to be realistic

Found normalcy behind prison walls

3 squares, healthcare and wake-up calls

 

Chorus:

What is normalcy in this world?

Momma’s precious little baby pearl

Children sentenced to a life of death

In between they seek some kind of happiness

Misfit can’t get normalcy in this world

 

Bridge:

What if that child had been encouraged

Instead of put down, stepped on never nourished

He could have been a medical resident

Maybe even the next president

 

Chorus:

What is normalcy in this world?

Momma’s precious little baby pearl

Children sentenced to a life of death

In between they seek some kind of happiness

Misfit can’t get normalcy in this world

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