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Assume The Position

05:23
Atlas Soul
05/01/2019
Lafayette Gilchrist / Regie Gibson

Story

Credits:

 

Music: Lafayette Gilchrist

 

Lyrics and vocals: Regie Gibson

Drum: Zeke Martin

Bass: Steve Davis

Guitar: Perry Bakalos

Sax & arrangement: Jacques Pardo

Recorded at The Record Co. by Jamie Rowe

Mixed by Jacques Pardo and Jamie Rowe

Lyrics

Assume the Position

Words by Regie Gibson

 

VI

Hands up! Legs spread! Did you hear what I just said?

Don’t move a muscle, boy or for sure you’re gonna end up dead.

Put your hands on the steering wheel where I can see them-- one at 10 one at 2. 

Don’t gimme any look-- don’t gimme any lip-- don’t gimme any excuse to shoot.

Not like I need one, ‘cuz--  huh, son you and I we both know the truth: 

is that the average white American out here don’t really give a damn what I do

as long as they can convince themselves someone looking like me in blue

is doing his best to protect them from somebody who is looking like you

ASSUME THE POSITION!

  

VII

Hands up! Legs spread! Has historically been said

to entire nation that have ever let the sickness of fascism spread--

like some kinda virus growing inside its entire body politic

and it’s no coincidence it begins with ranting racist rhetoric.

And then progresses to the mistreatment of certain minorities and immigrants--

which then plays to the prejudices 

hidden in the mind of a preponderance of its citizens.

Then dark history begins again--

And those and them that swear it can not happen here--

You’d be surprised how quickly they rise and

ASSUME THE POSITION!

 

VIII

When will we learn that denying others human rights

is only gonna put our own in the rifle sights?

The very notion of American liberty 

is only guaranteed if it’s enforced equally.

But to do this is gonna take a civic nut, gut, and ovary

to keep our country from giving in to tyranny.

But if we find we don’t have that kind of commitment

Then, get ready to:

ASSUME THE POSITION!

 

Up against the wall and ASSUME THE POSITION!.

 

This ain't your country anymore!