From the album Peace, Love & Funkiness
"The lyrics for this song were originally inspired by the fact I have lost count of how many times people have come up to me and asked if I sell weed. As the song developed the who issue of stereotyping was encompassed as well."
??? - Backing vocals
Tony Qunta - Guitar
Gian Sessarego - Guitar
Patrick Anthony - Trumpet
Sarah Tobias - Tenor + Alto Saxophones
Amaziah Davis - Lead/backing vocal, Bass Guitar, Trombone and programming
Does my skin mean that I’m going to rob you?
Does my hair mean that I’m gonna sell drugs to you?
What do you fear when I appear?
And who has told you what about me to scare you?
Does my tongue mean that I don’t understand you?
Does my faith mean that I’m going to bomb you?
Does it make sense that you get so tense?
Does everybody with a tan support the people with a plan to harm you?
I don’t believe in violence I’m a peaceful man.
Just another human living life the best that I can.
You say you’re being cautious but me don’t give a damn.
Don’t judge me as someone your fear tells you I am.
We see the prejudice in human kind
Are you programmed or are you colour blind?
Do my clothes or my style mean I aint gonna respect ya?
Or does my name mean that I’m Al-Qaeda?
You wonder why it makes me cry
And still I try to calm you.
When you see me approaching do you really see me?
They say that the bad guys could be anybody
But because of how I look a suspect I could be
Is this the way to live in harmony?
"Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, aged 27, was shot seven times in the head and once in the shoulder at Stockwell tube station in south London on Friday night. Tony Blair said he was desperately sorry an innocent man had lost his life."
"Sohail Ashraf and Khurram Zeb were taken off a Monarch holiday flight after some passengers became hysterical and mistook them for suicide bombers. Said Suhail, "These are nervous times and we can see why people are panicked. All I would say to people is please don't be paranoid and don't judge every book by its cover."
Is it real the government’s war on terror?
How do you feel when people get shot in error?
The press declare they’re everywhere
This racist propaganda the media sells ya.
Negative images on television creating rumours causing chain reaction.
Neighbour against neighbour causing racial tension, and then distrust becomes an institution.
So I call Mr Policeman and him really don’t care.
Then I call in the council and them really don’t care.
I call up the government – they really don’t care.
I call the Prime Minister – him REALLY don’t care.
Who am i? Who am I?