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[Verse 1] - God Knows
Transition plane from Turkey, but you gotta be cold turkey
No syrup no glue, no English no clue
Just dry skin on a Air bus
Took off in Lagos and only Europe can save us
Them Yoruba and Igbos, big egos in Heathrow
No jacket, never seen snow
Not a metaphor for class A, just yes yes never no no
Just silence in the customs, just prayers in the bathrooms
Black cleaners in staff rooms
Advices and vices, spices and juju
Voodoo what they told you
Sprinkle holy water, for your sons and daughters that you left in your country
Now patience and passport when they ask you on entry
When they ask you on entry

[Chorus]
Black man with no visa,
trying to get with Shifra
She's just a local girl I met in a Pizza Hut
White man with a visa, trying to get with Sika
She's just a local girl
I met in Kinshasa   
Black man with no visa,
trying to get with Shifra
She's just a local girl I met in a Pizza Hut
White man with a visa, trying to get with Sika
She's just a local girl
I met in Kinshasa   

[Verse 2] - MuRli
I'm feeling like taking a chance with her let down my guard and be on her radar
But government owns all radars,
clandestine, how would I date her?
I'm on 20 euros a week and my pocket is weak so no cash in my strategy
On top of that I am an artist, opposite of regular salary
Profile is on airplane mode,
can't connect to her network so
Can't compare to her net worth and I'm probably deported by next year plus
My vision is bleak,
my status is peak, no sense in the tongue I speak
My daily meal is Gari,
missing from her vocabulary
I'm living on fish and chips but deep inside I'm craving fetri
Honestly, I should have let her go but then I made it here coz I never let go
What you know of all the lies that I used to get through?
When I see Police I'm Amadou Diallo
Haunted by the bodies Sahara swallowed,
did I flee Lampedusa to die over you?
Did I flee Lampedusa to die over you? (God Knows)
Did I flee Lampedusa to die over you?

[Chorus]
Black man with no visa,
trying to get with Shifra
She's just a local girl I met in a Pizza Hut
White man with a visa, trying to get with Sika
She's just a local girl
I met in Kinshasa   
Black man with no visa,
trying to get with Shifra
She's just a local girl I met in a Pizza Hut
White man with a visa, trying to get with Sika
She's just a local girl
I met in Kinshasa   
 
[Bridge] - God Knows
It's not all black and white, zebras and pandas
Shifra’s and Sika's, asylum seekers
Sugar daddies in slippers, spooning Nubian grim reapers
This is where history finds us, our history binds us
No blacks, no dogs, no Irish…

[Outro] – MuRli & God Knows
Depressed under pressure of making decisions
To change my feathers and flock with the others
You’re taking new measures to block my manoeuvres
I shoulda foreseen it with so many siblings
That made it on TV for challenging gravity
Floating on sea but I'm stricken by poverty
Wars and politics, famine and disease
Blinding promises I never got to see
Stuck in Heathrow, never got to oversea
But I could've been under the sea
And the family would never hear of me again 
Predicament of the new slaves
Capsizing on your holidays
Looking out of place
Like Columbus did, but my Santa Maria'd be maculate
Coz my Santa Maria got negroes in it
Let it sink!

END

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from Let The Dead Bury The Dead, released April 8, 2016
Lyrics/vocals by MuRli, God Knows
Produced, recorded and mixed by mynameisjOhn
Mastered by Ashmus Mastering.

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Rusangano Family Limerick, Ireland

Rusangano Family is a musical trio based in Limerick city in Ireland, producing social-engaged music that mixes a global variety of cultures and traditions.
Think globally, act locally.
Formed in early 2015, the group (MCs MuRli and God Knows, and producer/DJ mynameisjOhn) has been collaborating for a number of years on individual projects, including ‘Surface Tension’ and ‘Rusangano/Family’
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