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B52s circle high, but brown people will not comply
They hate us for our freedoms
Such as the freedom to destroy their civilization
They don’t appreciate our noblesse oblige

The logic it is tortuous, but destiny is manifest
Just define the wealth
And prosecute accordingly those who interrupt the speech
Of incorporeal capital

The logic it is torturous, the density is malignant
And powerfully so
What happens in Diego Garcia stays in Diego Garcia
When pigs are flying

Ladies and gentlemen
This has been an extrordinary rendition of empire


from A Brief Respite From Shooting Fish In A Barrel, released February 18, 2013
Vocals, 12-string guitar: Khalid
Slide guitar: George Bedard
Rhodes piano: Chris Benjey
Bass: Patrick Prouty
Drums: Chuck Mauk

Produced and mixed by Khalid and Jonathan Visger
Mastered by John Scrip at Massive Mastering, Chicago, IL


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Khalid Hanifi Ann Arbor, Michigan

Over the course of three decades, Khalid Hanifi (Map of the World [Atlantic Records], Kiss Me Screaming, Maypops, and as a solo artist) has built a deeply compelling body of work that combines uniquely thoughtful, personally-charged lyrical content with impeccably crafted, irresistibly infectious melodies. ... more

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