Be Yourself Demo

by Te Kooti Brotherhood

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released January 1, 2011

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Track Name: Gorilla Biscuits
Moving Beyond Ourselves (Gorilla Biscuits)

This colonial mindset is feeding my warped perception
of seeing everything as either threat or potential possession
there is no neutrality here

Let me hear love's language in the midst of this
let me not twist this hearing away; otherwise
everything will sound with only the petty, shrill clamour of my own cravings and fears

My worth is tied to this
How is my name spoken? How is my name heard?
Let me hear love's language
In the midst of this; in the midst of this

It's time I move beyond myself
and I believe there is a dying and rising that speaks to this
If I give up my rights and step into a new paradigm
that reorients conformity
Track Name: Western Fallacy
A Western Fallacy

Twenty-nine die at Pike River Mine
While over three-fifty are somehow denied
A time to be mourned on our six O-clock news
Their deaths are forgotten amidst our need for
Western precedence

Nearly three thousand died in those towers
whilst malaria kills more in twenty-four hours
Yet these kids - five and younger - are granted no voice
And we sit back and take this as norm

Where is their good Samaritan? Where is our good Samaritan?

The media still reveals a western supremacy
reflecting a racism toward the majority
We've become immune to the state of their reality
And our eyes are turned away

We see the aids epidemic, mass poverty, war
and we trivialize, disassociate and ignore
Have we accepted a hopeless fatalism
or are we just too consumed to notice
...too preoccupied with the daily routines of life

Does our skin colour and cultural difference
blind us from the fact that we are one...
Whanau (whanau)
We share the same blood, we share the same blood.

Where is their good Samaritan? Where is our good Samaritan?

"Until lions have their own historians
Tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter"
Track Name: Be Yourself
Be Yourself

Like you're in a play...
You stand, you speak, you play your part
But what is it that you’re hoping for?
You don’t need to strive to belong
you’ve got nothing to prove so just be
Just be...

Be yourself
Be yourself
Be yourself
Be yourself

Don’t let this world tell you how to live
make changes as a turn against narcissism
It’s in community that we find true expression
don’t be afraid to express who you know yourself to be

Be yourself
Be yourself
Be yourself
Be yourself

Be yourself (cos at the end of the day)
Be yourself (if you’re not being yourself)
Be yourself (then who are you being)
Be yourself (someone else)

No more certainty, the boxes we build are a fraud
This tension is the result of our decision
This tension...

No more certainty, the boxes we build are a fraud
You don’t need to prove anything
It’s not what you do it’s who you are
Track Name: Make Me Fearless
Make me fearless

A young man declares, “I love you”
Yet in his heart he whispers, “What is love?”
Love has become such an empty word
What does it mean? What does it mean?

He opens to a picture of a woman
Someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s mother
And he whispers in his heart, “I lust you”
I don’t know you yet I choose to covet you

And deep in his being... he knows
That when he objects her... he shows
A true state of the depth of our distortion
And something within him screams

“Make me fearless, make me fearless, make me fearless
It is this fear that chokes real relationship
Make me fearless, make me fearless
It is my fear that is choking my love”
Track Name: Whanau
Whanau

There's no more you against me
Can't you see; can't you see
We're all whanau

There's no more slave or free
Can't you see; can't you see
We're all whanau

So don't discriminate and don't segregate
And don't forget to listen
So don't dehumanize and don't objectify
And don't forget to listen

For when we listen then we hear
And when we hear we no longer just see a face; we see a story
We see a picture of ourselves
Presented in a different context but with the same blood

So don't discriminate and don't segregate
And don't forget to listen
So don't dehumanize and don't objectify
And don't forget to listen

We are one...Whanau
We are one...Whanau
We are one...Whanau
We are one...Whanau

He iwi tahi tatou (we are one people)

So don't discriminate and don't segregate
And don't forget to listen
So don't dehumanize and don't objectify
And don't forget to listen