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Papa

by Grace Givertz

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Papa was a good man
He taught my mother to stand tall and hold up her head
Kill 'em with kindness he said

But how can I be kind
When they look us in the eye and watch us die
How can I be brave
When all I know is how to be afraid
I hope to be half the man my Papa was some day

Mama says I have my Papa's eyes
She told me to be kind cause it'll kill them in time
I'd like to think she wouldn't lie

How can I see through
When all I see's the Black being killed by the blue
My Papa, Mama says, lives on in you

Sandra couldn't drive fast enough
They're out here killing our young
Trayvon and Tamir are just kids who should be here
Papa couldn't outrun the gun
Ahmaud couldn't run fast enough
I can't breathe is all that George and Eric could scream

Mama is older than her Papa was
When Dagmar wielded a gun
My Papa was too young to be found dead by his son

I am angry, I'm betrayed
And I've been scared from too young an age
That I'll end up like my Papa some day

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released June 18, 2021
Lyrics and music by Grace Givertz
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Otto Klammer

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Grace Givertz Boston, Massachusetts

Grace Givertz is a Boston based indie folk singer songwriter. With a large voice packed into a tiny body, Grace pairs her witty and honest lyrics with various instruments to bring a refreshing sound to folk.

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