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When Will We B Paid?
Cover song by The Staple Singers recorded circa 1999 for the aborted High album, instead released as a B-side to U Make My Sun Shine single (December 21, 2000); later released as single via iTunes (January 5, 2011). Audio Stepchild recorded a rap as the 7th track on album Land Of The Snake Charmer (July 24, 2001). Written by Randall Stewart; rap by Audio Stepchild.

 
When will we b paid 4 the work we've done?
When will we b paid 4 the work we've done?

We fought n ur wars n every land
2 keep this country free, y'all, 4 women, children and men
But every time we ask 4 pay or a loan, mm
That's when everything, huh, seems 2 turn out wrong
We've been beat up, called names, shot down and stoned
Every time we do right, somebody say we're wrong

Tell me when will we b paid 4 the work we've done?
When will we b paid 4 the work we've done?

Listen...
We worked this country (say it), mm, from shore 2 shore (Well)
Our women cooked all ur food and washed all ur clothes
We picked cotton, huh, and laid the railroad steel (I said we laid it)
Worked our hands down 2 the bone at ur lumber mill

Tell me when will we b paid 4 the work we've done?
When will we b paid 4 the work we've done?

I refuse 2 back down n the face of violence as I protest
I'm attacked by dogs, mobs, police and military force
We've been beaten, blackmailed, tortured and maimed
But I'm still on strike, holdin' this sign that says we can't b tamed
The unfair brutal violence U inflict
So we protest 2 resolve this conflict
They throw their tear gas, I put on a mask
I get zapped by a stun gun, I'm numb
I get thumped with a stick, I'm brave
Not a slave and I'm fed-up with it
I'm an activist with an active stand 2 fight 4 what is right
So we picket, strike and form blockades
They bring their soldiers but we're soldiers n a different way
And we won't stop until we r free...

Will we ever b proud of "My country, 'tis of thee?"
Will we ever sing out loud "Sweet land of liberty?"

When will we b paid (tell us) 4 the work we've done? (Well)
I wanna know, I wanna know (When?)
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna know... (When, when, when?)
Why can't we b paid? (When will we b paid 4 the work we've done?)
Oh, oh when? (When will we b paid 4 the work we've done?)
We've given up our sweat and all of ours tears (When will we b paid...)
We stumbled thru this life 4 more than 300 years (4 the work we've done?)
I wanna know! (When will we b paid 4 the work we've done?)


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