Blaise Bailey Finnegan III

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Well, Where are you coming from?

Well, I don't like the way the country's ran, don't you know, and, erm
That's pretty much what I was expressing in my poem
The government, the American government
They're sneaky, they're very deceitful, they're liars
They're cheats, they're rip-offs
I mean, the American government is one systematic government that
That nobody can trust
I don't trust them myself

And how long have you been writing for?
How long have you been writing for?
Since I was four
Do you do this sort of thing a lot, like, open-mic kinda questions?
Oh, I love open-mics, I love coming here to do open-mics, absolutely
What kind of reactions do you usually get?
Usually, people are, are pretty much in agreement with what I'm saying
We overheard you before talking about
You went to court today for a speeding ticket?
That's accurate
Right, Do you wanna tell us that story?

Yes, absolutely, I wouldn't mind telling you the story
Erm, I went to court today for a speeding ticket, and I told the judge, erm
Let me tell you something, and you listen and you listen good
I'm only gonna say this one time and one time only
I don't repeat myself for nobody, I said
I says: I'm here to pay a speeding ticket
Not to listen to your lectures and hear you run your mouth for an hour
I says: I'm here to pay off my speeding ticket
And I'm here to get my fines out of the way and get the fuck to work
The judge says: You can't talk like that in my courtroom, you're in contempt of court
Then I said, I told the judge: If that's the best you can do, I feel sorry for you
I said: Why don't you just shut your fucking mouth for once and listen
I said: I'm not gonna take any shit
I said: I'm gonna pay my speeding ticket like I said
I walked up to the goddamn judge
And I hand him my 25 dollars and I says: Here's my money, now I am leaving
And I left it at that

Then, before I left, I turned around and told the judge
I'm here to state who I am and be honest with you
I said: If they thought I was dangerous on the road
Like you're trying to accuse me of
Wouldn't they have taken my license when I first got it? Yes they would
And the judge says: Yeah, you have a point
He goes: You don't need to get loud
I said: Don't get loud? I says: I've got every right to get loud
I says: You can't do a goddamn thing about it
Because I'm expressing myself in your court
And there is nothing you can do about it
You think you're God because you have a robe
And you can put people up the goddamn river for 20 years? Well, you're not
And I left it at that

Did you walk away?

Yes I did
I don't like the judicial system, I don't like the government system
I don't like the police, I don't like anything to do with this country's government
I just don't like it, because they're sneaky, like I said
They're deceitful, they're lying, they're cheats, they rip people off
That's the American government for you
America is a third world country, and people don't recognise it
And I think that that's pretty goddamn sad
That they don't recognise their own country as a third world
Third rate, third class slum

Well, do you have any weapons?

Yes, I do
I own a high-powered assault rifle
I own a 12-gauge double barrel shotgun
I own a regular shotgun
I own a regular hunting rifle
I own a 9mm, a 357, a 45 handgun, a 38 special
And, erm, I own an M-16 fully automatic ground assault rifle

Do you think things are gonna get better before they get worse?

No way
Things are just gonna get worse and keep on getting worse
Like I said, America's a third world country as it is
And, and we're just basically in a hopeless situation as it stands

What do you think this country's gonna look like in the year 2003?

Y'know, I'll tell you the truth -
Nothing against you guys
But I don't wanna answer that question because
I haven't even got a mind that's that, that inhumane

Are you ready for what's coming?
Ready as I'll ever be
Most people aren't
There's a little saying
Dates back for generations
Go on

Be prepared for anything at any time from anybody
Don't take no shit, always stand your ground
People wanna come up to me and run their mouth, guess what?
I'll throw them through the fucking window
I won't think a thing of it

Would you mind reciting your poem for us?
Not at all, I don't see why
I don't see why I couldn't

There's an evil virus that's threatening mankind
It's not state of the art, it's a serious state of the mind
The muggers, the backstabbers, the two faced elite
A menace to society, a social disease
To brainwash the mind is a social disorder
The cynics, the apathy one-upmanship order
Watching beginnings of social decay
Gloating and sneering at life's disarray
Eating away at your own self esteem
Pouncing on every word that you might be saying
To attack someone's mind is a social disorder
The constitution, the government, martial law order
Superficially smiling a shake of the hand
As soon as your back is turned treason is planned
When every good thing's laid to rest
By the governments hate, by the constitution and their lies
And every time you think you're safe
And when you go to turn away
You know they're sharpening all their knives
All in your mind
All in your head
Try to relate it
All in your mind
All in your head
Try to escape it
Without a conscience they destroy
And that's a thing that they enjoy
They're a sickness that's in all of our minds
They want to sink the ship and leave
The way they laugh at you and me
You know it happens all the time
But it only happens in your mind
The rats in the cellar you know who you are
Or do you?
Watching beginnings of social decay

Thank you for your time
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