This Is Not a Pipe

from by Bryan Thomas

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"This is Not a Pipe" was not inspired by the painting "The Treachery of Images" by René Magritte. Francais by Maya Elizabeth Thomas. The fourth verse includes a shout out to Jason Martin and Power Animal Systems' jam "Newsnet."

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"Les enfants qui applaudissent sur l'un ne vont pas au paradis."

This is not a pipe
This is not a pipe
This is not a right
This is not a pipe

This is not right
This is not wrong
This is not a pipe
This is not a song

"This is weird."

This is not a pipe
This is not crack
This is not white
This is not black

This ain't yo ass
This ain't yo face
This is not about class
This is not about race

"Why is it always about race with you people?"

Because it is.
Now try these shoes on.
Big feet.

This ain't no Mardi Gras
Or San Francisco
This ain't no party, y'all
This ain't no disco

This ain't jazz
This ain't the blues
This ain't the network
This ain't the news

"And the moon turns to blood."

This ain't no painting
Ain't no Matisse
Ain't no Picasso
Ain't no Magritte

This is the treachery.
Of images.
Of ideas.
Of sound.

This is the treachery
Of humanity.
Of democracy.
Of mediocrity.

This is the treachery.
Of images.
Of ideas.
Of sound.
Of song.
Of harmony.
Of the P-bass.
Of this phat beat.
Of the guitar.
Of the One.
Of the One.
Of the One.

La la la la la la la la la.

"Don't you dare clap on the one."

"The One is not for clapping, the One is where yo' ass goes."

"Stop clapping on the One! Don't make me stop this song."

La la la la la la la la la.

credits

from How Bigger Was Born, released May 11, 2017
All stuff by BT and the Buggy Jive. Beats courtesy Loop Loft.

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Bryan Thomas Albany

Nippertown’s Greg Haymes says Albany soul rocker BRYAN THOMAS's "writes smart, and he writes from the heart, balancing intellect, passion and politics.”

The Times Union named him“Best Male Singer-Songwriter” shortly after he released his acoustic hip-hop debut Radio Plastic Jennifer in 1999. The follow-up soul rock epic Ones and Zeros was Metroland Magazine’s “Album of the Year” in 2002.
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