Stereo. Type.

Before they lock you

in a stereotype

speak words so deep

they’re like burial rights

write lines that unite

every side of the fight

so when you speak

all they get is your

STEREO. TYPE.

See I don’t care about your lyrics

I mostly care about your spirit

our words are just vessels

to help our souls grow coherent

That’s why plastic conversations

just keep people in their places

boxes and cages

staying locked in a maze

These days

a raised eyebrow in suspicion

can draw a straight line to a conviction

A country so conditioned by racism

those most judged

by skin colour and appearance

end up filling up our prisons

And you’re pissed off

when a shock-jock

gets paid just to be a bigot

but our taxes have been paying for the same shit

since the beginning

They pigeon hole us into body types

traditional dress

sexual preference

or exotic sound bytes

and they use every media stereotype

to amplify their agenda

as their political stereo mic

So we’re stuck in the battle of the headlines

on the war of the magazine shelf

they’ve taught us

to see each other

as caricatures of our real selves

From Cronulla to the Herald

Channel 7 - the whole cartel

the media mafia's making sure

News Corp gets the sell

But the complexity of our lives

doesn’t fit in their headlines

so they need bite-sized pieces of our bodies

to feed on between dinner and bedtime

So when we see each other on the street

those headlines

in our head sets

become headnotes

become death stares

become death threats

become the next steps

towards our best friends’ necks

becoming breathless

To divide and conquer

we need a clear set of enemies

falsified identities combined with our short term memories

They poison our communities

to keep us preoccupied

so while we’re fighting each other

- more land gets occupied

More services are cut

Adani gets up

another open cut mine

another refugee gets stuck

That’s why we need to take back the narrative

speak our own languages

keep our identities multifaceted

don’t simplify it for their arrogance

You are not all savages

you are not all parodies to be used

as their front page embarrassments

So before they lock you

in a stereotype

speak words so deep

they’re like burial rights

write lines that unite

every side of the fight

so when we speak

all they get is our

STEREO. TYPE.

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