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Somebody somewhere, say something
I’ve tired myself out and I haven’t changed one thing
God it look like you ain’t watched in a while
And I dont even know when was the last time I smiled
They look and feel sorry for us, can you believe it?
The great Iraq, as if we need it
And look what they decide to give us
Blood from the world to fill up our rivers
And what we supposed to be thankful?
You kill my family and I should say thank you?
No thanks you got your tanks, I got my God bring it on
It sounds pretty you could sing along
Cause the sound of gunfire is my favorite song


There is a war going on outside
No birds around here just bullets that fly
There is a war going on outside
There is death everywhere but I feel so alive


Dear Mr.George Bush
Why do you insist to make a fool of us?
For over two hundred years
We stood for whats good, now we despised by our peers
This isnt ain’t gonna last for long
They wish is dead George,yo they wish is gone
And what do you do
But add fuel to the fire and send in more troops
Oh the troops, God save the troops
It wasn’t their war their lies their fault
America the beautiful, what did they do to you
They used you it’s so indisputable
And I ain’t talking no Democrat or Republican
I talk for myself an Iraqi-American
George I dont really know who set you
But dont let karma come get you


There is a war going on outside
No birds around here just bullets that fly
There is a war going on outside
There is death everywhere but I feel so alive

Yall must have missed the facts
Let me straighten yall up on the twisted facts
[Did you know] The Garden of Eden was Iraq
[Did you know] God made Adam and Eve in Iraq
[Did you know] Life made it first start in Iraq
[Did you know] Noah went and built the ark in Iraq
[Did you know] Abraham was born in Iraq
[Did you know] The three wise men are from Iraq
[Did you know] Math was first taught in Iraq
[Did you know] Astrology, language, law Iraq
Oh did you know there is oil in Iraq?
Foreign blood in the soil in Iraq?
NO you know there is terrorists in Iraq
Thugs who kill Americans in Iraq
Yall say who needs Iraq
But everybody in the world bleeds Iraq

-Timz

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Protest Music

I was first introduced to protest music in my freshman anthropology class. It was only 4 years after the invasion of Iraq by US military forces. In high school, I was quite the patriot, one might say jingoist. I watched the coverage of “shock and awe” bombing of Iraqi cities as a teenager with disturbing sense of “finally, go get ‘em.” It wasn’t until college that I began to intentionally open myself up to accept expressions of experiences different from my own.

In that class, we surveyed very briefly the history and culture of the Middle East, but then spent a good amount of time discussing the morality of preemptive military action (something I’d accepted easily in earlier years) and Iraqi and Arab perspectives of the conflict. I didn’t really want to know these things, but they came flying at me. I knew I had to take them seriously. These were people, too, after all, right? Iraqi-American rapper TIMZ was one of the first whose perspective got in my face and forced me to look again. His music video “Iraq” disturbed me. It never let me think the same way about war. It still disturbs me. But now because I see the faces of my Iraqi friends and I am crying out for the death and destruction to come to an end.

“We say, who needs Iraq? But everyone in the world bleeds Iraq.”

Two years after this class, I’d meet my first Iraqi friends who fled to the US to escape the war, not without their own physical and mental wounds. I don’t know where I’d be without those friends, and I don’t know if I’d have cared to meet them in the first place if protest music hadn’t pierced my armor-plated ethnocentrism.

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Check out this awesome remix of Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” by 3ple and TiMZ!!! Go get it and don’t forget to tell all your friends!!!