Song 33

by Noname

Jun 18, 2020
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Lyrics for Song 33 by Noname:

Oh, I have ambitions, dreams
But dreams don't come cheap

Verse 1
I saw a demon on my shoulder, it's lookin' like patriarchy
Like scrubbin' blood off the ceiling and bleachin' another carpet
How my house get haunted?
Why Toyin body don't embody all the life she wanted?
A baby, just nineteen
I know I dream all black
I seen her everything, immortalizin' tweets all caps
They say they found her dead

One girl missin', another one go missin'
One girl missin', another

Verse 2
But niggas in the back quiet as a church mouse
Basement studio when duty calls to get the verse out
I guess the ego hurt now
It's time to go to work, wow, look at him go
He really 'bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?
When it's people in trees?
When George was beggin' for his mother, saying he couldn't breathe
You thought to write about me?

One girl missin', another one go missin'
One girl missin', another one

Verse 3
Yo, but little did I know all my readin' would be a bother
It's trans women bein' murdered and this is all he can offer?
And this is all y'all receive?
Distracting from the convo with organizers
They talkin' abolishin' the police
And this the new world order
We democratizin' Amazon, we burn down borders
This a new vanguard, this a new vanguard
I'm the new vanguard

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Song Facts

“Song 33” is Noname’s first release of 2020. It is a response to J. Cole’s single, “Snow on tha Bluff,” which was released less than two days prior and is largely about Noname’s role in the 2020 movement denouncing racial injustices in the United States.

On the song, she raps about the current state of the U.S. and how black women are disproportionately targeted by many scourges of society, especially the black men that are supposed to protect them.

Noname also calls out Cole for writing and releasing a song responding to a tweet she made rather than making one that discussed more pertinent topics, particularly the extreme mistreatment of black men and women in the United States.

This is her third single to use the “Song & Number” format, following her January 2019 track, “Song 31,” and her April 2019 track, “Song 32.”

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