Brother Ali - Father Figures Lyrics




Truth teller, truth yeller. Proof. Evi-dence, yes yes

Full grown father of four still in search of father figures
Hard to feel at home here in the body that my trauma lives in
Self-hatred still my opposition
I chop a parcel out the wisdom I've been given, out atop the rhythm
I'm not a victim or a liar and I'm not afraid
Offer me a kingdom if it's wrong I'll walk away
I know my talent versus fame isn't adding up
Folk that know me throwin' shade said I ain't wanted it bad enough
Seen so many change and get strange for the spotlight
If that's what you mean brotha, you couldn't be more right
I'd rather feel shame than an atoms weight of arrogance
Mention deaths name prepare for it, ain't fearing it
Atheists describe the God that they don't believe in
See we ain't even at odds cause I don't feel that neither
I know we come from a source that's much realer
A cause that all sleepers keep concealing
Seekers overcome the amnesia

Feel the heartbreak bleeding all through my songs
My Atmosphere brothers brought me along
I carry on, for the love of love, and for the hope of hope
I feel it from above, and hold the moment close
Soak up the rawness, floating all through my songs
The Eltorom[?] twins kept me strong
I soldier on. For the love of love, and for the hope of hope
I catch a sudden buzz, an overdose

I got a knock up on my door it was the FBI
"Can't come inside with out a warrant but I'll talk here on the steps awhile"
They want to question my travelin', what's the harassment, power obsessed authoritarians to test what I'm channelin
He said his mission keep the innocent from dying, had to laugh a little bit to keep from crying
I sigh as if we don't know about the COINTELPRO and devilish drones they rain hell in to homes
Never an empire rose without blood on its hands and face
They hate the poets for exposing the [?] sacred space
Whether I'm in Iran, or Lebanon
Or the south side of Chicago or Sudan
The power in the song is the truth not the performer
My question for you is where's the honor
In bothering a father in his home in pajamas
On his birthday in front of all his daughters
Next time call the lawyer

I'm part of this resistance, blistering through my song
The great Chuck D kept me strong
Sound the alarm, for the love of love, and the hope of hope
This is what justice does, put you in their scope
My steadfastness, blastin' this dope ass song
Colonel West never led me wrong
I soldier on, for the love of love, and for the hope of hope
For every one of us, that hold the rope that won't be broke

Truth teller, truth yeller
Bring it back though let me finish

I'm from a long line of writers and teachers
And spend all of my time with guides and seekers
And criminals and preachers
Sifting through the secrets just to kick 'em through your speakers
These tears just flowing my whole life long
Look in the mirror still see my mom
I'm writing songs for the love of love and for the hope of hope
This is from dusk to dusk, and pray they hold me close. Ghost

Truth teller, truth yeller. Proof. Evi-dence, yes yes
Manifest in the flesh to be the best of the best...





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Brother Ali Father Figures Comments
  1. Nick Tracey

    With steadfastness, blasting this dope ass song, Brother Ali never led me wrong ✊

  2. Eddie El-leissy

    It's very important to me that
    Whatever I have to say is worth saying
    Truth teller, truth yeller
    Proof evidence, yes yes
    It's very important to me that
    Whatever I have to say is worth saying
    Uh-huh, full-grown father of four still in search of father figures
    Hard to feel at home here in the body that my trauma lives in
    Self hatred's still my opposition
    I chop a parcel out the wisdom I've been given out a-top the rhythm
    I'm not a victim or a liar and I'm not afraid
    Offer me a kingdom if it's wrong I'll walk away
    I know my talent versus fame isn't adding up
    Folk that know me throwing shade
    Said I ain't wanted it bad enough
    Seen so many change and get strange for the spotlight
    If that's what you mean brother you couldn't be more right
    I'd rather feel ashamed than an atom's weight of arrogance
    Mention death's name, prepare for it ain't fearin' it
    Athiests describe the God that they don't believe in
    See we ain't even at odds 'cause I don't feel that neither
    I know we come from a source that's much realer
    A cause that all the sleepers keep conceiling
    The seekers overcome the amnesia
    Feel the heartbreak bleedin' all through my songs
    My atmosphere, your brothers, brought me along
    I carry on for the love of love and for the hope of hope
    I feel it from above and hold the moment close
    Soak up the rawness floatin' all through my songs
    The Elterom twins kept me strong
    I soldier on for the love of love, and for the hope of hope
    I catch a sudden buzz, an overdose
    I got a knock up on my door, it was the FBI
    "Can't come inside without a warrant but I'll talk here on the steps a while"
    They want to question my travellin', what's the harassment?
    Power obsessed authoritarians detest what I'm channelin'
    He said his mission keep the innocent from dyin'
    Had to laugh a little bit to keep from cryin'
    Messiahs if we don't know about the COINTELPRO and devilish drones
    They rain hell into homes
    Never an empire rose without blood on its hands and face
    They hate the poets for exposin' the channel the rage, sacred space
    Whether I'm in Iran or Lebanon
    Or the south side of Chicago or Sudan
    The power in the song is the truth not the performer
    My question for you is where's the honour
    In bothering a father in his home in pajamas
    On his birthday in front of all his daughters?
    Next time call the lawyer
    I'm part of this resistance, blisterin' through my song
    The great Chuck D kept me strong
    Sound the alarm, for the love of love, and the hope of hope
    This is what justice does, put you in their scope
    With steadfastness, blastin' this dope ass song
    Colonel West never led me wrong
    I soldier on, for the love of love, and for the hope of hope
    For every one of us that hold the rope that won't be broke, no!
    Truth teller, truth yeller
    Bring it back though, let me finish
    I'm from a long line of writers and teachers
    And spend all of my time with guides and seekers
    And criminals and preachers
    Sifting through the secrets just to kick 'em through your speakers
    These tears just flowing my whole life long
    Look in the mirror, still see my mom
    I'm writtin' songs for the love of love, and for the hope of hope
    This is from dusk to dusk, and pray they hold me close, ghost
    Truth teller, truth yeller
    Proof, evidence, yes yes
    Manifest in the flesh to be the best of the best, huh
    True livin', proof givin'
    Yeah hide ya nanny
    Yeah tan sunny

  3. Jordan Schacht

    BEST TRACK OF 2019 IMO.  <3

  4. Jeff Mowdy

    lyrical genius much love Brother Ali

  5. vancity benny

    Man this is so good. Wow..

  6. Zw00k

    SOMEBODY PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TELL ME WHAT THE SAMPLE IS, ITS DRIVING ME INSANE, I KNOW I KNOW IT, BUT I JUST CAN'T REACH IT ARGHHH

  7. Del Tahoe

    I'm Dog and Del should die

  8. Del Tahoe

    Zeus is the way

  9. Osiris Osiris

    Can't help but keep this shit on repeat ....Ev murked this beat and Ali...idk what kinda words outta my shell could summerize my pleasure and love for this.....

  10. Ryan Larose

    this sample thoooo/?

  11. Osiris Osiris

    Dear universal divine intelligence.....this is sooooo heavy. Brother Ali always reminds me to hold a deep meditation and thank each day for being here in this astral plane simply to experience this polarity. I love you Ali. This entire body of work is incredible!!!!!

  12. Maryann Appiagyei

    hip hop back dope

  13. kyle c

    So smooth and graceful!!!!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  14. Reese NineEightNine

    Sadly I knew about Brother Ali but saw he did this project with Evidence and checked it out. I'm a fan. He is beyond incredible on the mic

  15. Alexandra

    Love this

  16. gilbert miranda

    Cornell West never lead me wrong!

  17. Kam Bhamra

    Damn this made me cry, Missing my people.

  18. Adaline

    that voice ~

  19. Gabe Moler

    Brother Ali never lets up, fire 🔥🔥

  20. SNEEZRGEEZR

    All.Around.Masterpiece....album feels like a blessing....On.Heavy.Rotation.

  21. John Hollis

    Atheist describe the God that they don't believe in. See, we ain't even at odds, because I don't feel that either.

    619 OG

    John Hollis I’m a Christian but respect atheists as well......it shouldn’t be a conflict.

    Graham Entwistle

    @619 OG amen. some believe that God exists, some believe that no God exists -- I always felt the important piece was that people have a good reason for what they believe in

    619 OG

    @Graham Entwistle I agree mostly .. although I find having faith (which requires no good reason) to be a more challenging practice....and I like challenge.

    Graham Entwistle

    ​@619 OG Practicing Christian here, so I can definitely appreciate that outlook! Jn. 4:24 mentions believers worshiping in 'spirit and truth' → Always liked to use that one to explain the necessity of combining sound, logical reason (the 'truth' half) but also tapping into a reserve of faith for things / concepts that aren't so straightforward (the 'spirit' half).

    619 OG

    Graham Entwistle well said brother.

  22. Daniel Ptak

    🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  23. M1CHAEL C0RL3ON3

    The Best Track on the Album Good Work Brother, it was also played by Ali at the Ilhan Omar and Bernie Sanders Rally.