BLACKMAIL (BLACK MALE)

 

Verse 1

Small town, 1993

Two kids, different sides of the street

Just laughing and playing games

They didn't know one day they'd share a name 

They grew up, headed off to school 

A couple years, came back to jump the broom

But, things got tense when they couldn't get 

The pretty house with the white picket fence

But don't you know that where he came from

They don't have those things

It took him long enough to save up just to buy that ring

She hears him singing, "No one knows the trouble that I've seen"

She grew up in a happy home

He had to make it on his own as a black male

 

Chorus

Is it something that we do to ourselves? 

Blackmail

Black male 

Black male

Black male

 

Verse 2

She seemed a little nervous on the way home 

Got lost, no signal on the phone

When he realizes where they are

He's thinking maybe she should drive the car

Lights start flashing red and blue

She's afraid, he's thinking nothing new

She says, "Sir, what did we do?" 

He says, "It has nothing to do with you.”

“They put a call out for a suspect that looks just like him

Around his height around his weight 

And, he's got darker skin

Sir! I need you out the car or I'm calling back up in!"

She looks up, I can see her eyes 

Another tear, but I ain't surprised 'cause I'm a black male, baby

 

Chorus

Is it something that we do to ourselves? 

Blackmail

Black male 

Just a Black male

Black male

 

Bridge

Black male, 

It's hard, I know and you deal with it everyday

Trust God, be strong, He'll never lead you astray

I'm here for you no matter what comes our way

To be in love, this is the price that we pay

 

Verse 3

Monday night in the living room

Caught chills when they turned on the news

Missouri full of misery 

Had to kiss his wife on the cheek

They'll get over it after while

He's more concerned about what to tell his child

Don't give in to the worldview 

'Cause either way, you didn't choose to be a black male

 

Chorus 3

Is it something that we do to ourselves?

Black male, Blackmail

Something you don't wanna do to yourself

Blackmail, Black male

Just make sure you're not to hard on yourself

Beautiful Black male

Black male 

Black male 

Black male

 

Follow You

 

Verse 1

Let me talk about the one, who taught me how to love

I saw Him on the water, He was bidding me to come

With every step I hesitate

And my faith...... went away

You’re everything I need

Never letting go you're right next to me... So take the lead

Oh Lord…..

 

Chorus

I'll follow you through the darkness

Will you take away my fear?

Follow you when the sun shines

And the shadows' drawing near

Down the long and winding road

You always lead me home

 

Verse 2

If the water looks too deep

And the desert looks too dry

You say tell why are you walking when I taught you how to fly

With every step I take

I feel the weight... go away

I couldn't even see

When I didn't think of you, you thought of me... So, take the lead

 

Chorus

I'll follow you through the darkness

Will you take away my fear?

I’ll Follow you when the sun shines

And the shadows' drawing near

Down the long and winding road

You always lead me home

 

Bridge

When I turn away, starting to change

You still remain unshakeable

Calling my name to come in from the rain

You'll be okay

 

Chorus

I'll follow You through the darkness

'Cause you took away my fear (with this cross I have to bear)

Follow You from the Valley (it’s a heavy load, I know you’ll share)

As you wipe away my tears (and you wipe away my tears)

Follow You when the sun shines

And the clouds have disappeared

It's been a long and winding road

Lord, thank you for bringing me home

Thank you

For bringing me home, thank you

For bringing me home, thank you.