Peace Queen

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"Peace Queen" was an attempt to counter some of the misogyny prevalent in hip hop and society in general.

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Chorus:

You're a queen, but it seems that you don't know
'Cause without sunlight, a seed won't grow
You'll never know how beautiful a flower can be without water
Peace to the mothers, the sisters, the daughters

(repeat)

Verse 1:

Peace queen, why you let that man treat you like that?
Why you let that fool beat you like that?
Yo let me teach you some facts, release them on wax
Relax, you ain't a fool, but please understand you're worth more than your weight in gold
You're the soil that the seed grows from
Without you, we are nothing, believe in something
Like the sunshine within you, then you begin to understand
You are the wisdom and love of man kind
You stand fine on your own two
I know you and to know you is to love you
And all queens worldwide

(Chorus x 2)

Verse 2:

I understand, I've seen my mother get beaten by my father's hand
It left me bothered and I can hardly talk about it
But I'll do it to help you through it
Listen, he's got your mind imprisoned
Thinking what you're in is love, but you know it isn't
Hitting is not a sign of affection
It's the sign of a man pointed in the wrong direction
You're a queen, and you should be respected
And treated as one, seated on thrones
You need to take your seed and be gone
(You can do better)
And who better to prove it than you

(Chorus x 2)

Word up.
Peace to the queens.
Queens of the earth.
Brothers, you need to start respecting these queens out here.
Word up.
That's where you came from.
The backbone of civilization.
The better half.
You came from your mother. You know what I'm saying?
Word up.
Yo, much love to the queens of the world.
Realize that you are a queen.
No matter what you did, where you're going, or where you came from.
It's all irrelevant. You're a queen and you deserve to be treated that way.
So don't settle for nothing less.
I love y'all. Much love to all queens worldwide.
All races and sizes; religions and creeds; ages and nationalities. I love y'all.
Word up.
Much love to my mom. Much love to grandma. Much love to my daughters. I love y'all.
Rest in peace Grandma Dean.

credits

from Global Warning, released September 10, 2003
Produced by Rendesten. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Sun Rise Above at the Operating Room (Pittsburgh, PA)

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