Blaise Bailey Finnegan III

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Well, Where are you coming from?

Well, I don't like the way the 
country's ran, don't you know, and, 
That's pretty much what I was 
expressing in my poem
The government, the American 
They're sneaky, they're very 
deceitful, they're liars
They're cheats, they're rip-offs
I mean, the American government is 
one systematic government that
That nobody can trust
I don't trust them myself

And how long have you been writing 


How long have you been writing for?

Since I was four

Do you do this sort of thing a lot, 
like, open-mic kinda questions?

Oh, I love open-mics, I love coming 
here to do open-mics, absolutely

What kind of reactions do you 
usually get?

Usually, people are, are pretty much
 in agreement with what I'm saying

We overheard you before talking 
You went to court today for a 
speeding ticket?

That's accurate

Right, Do you wanna tell us that 

Yes, absolutely, I wouldn't mind 
telling you the story
Erm, I went to court today for a 
speeding ticket, and I told the 
judge, erm
Let me tell you something, and you 
listen and you listen good
I'm only gonna say this one time and
 one time only
I don't repeat myself for nobody, I 
I says: I'm here to pay a speeding 
Not to listen to your lectures and 
hear you run your mouth for an hour
I says: I'm here to pay off my 
speeding ticket
And I'm here to get my fines out of 
the way and get the fuck to work
The judge says: You can't talk like 
that in my courtroom, you're in 
contempt of court
Then I said, I told the judge: If 
that's the best you can do, I feel 
sorry for you
I said: Why don't you just shut your
 fucking mouth for once and listen
I said: I'm not gonna take any shit
I said: I'm gonna pay my speeding 
ticket like I said
I walked up to the goddamn judge
And I hand him my 25 dollars and I 
says: Here's my money, now I am 
And I left it at that

Then, before I left, I turned around
 and told the judge
I'm here to state who I am and be 
honest with you
I said: If they thought I was 
dangerous on the road
Like you're trying to accuse me of Wouldn't they have taken my license when I first got it? Yes they would And the judge says: Yeah, you have a point He goes: You don't need to get loud I said: Don't get loud? I says: I've got every right to get loud I says: You can't do a goddamn thing about it Because I'm expressing myself in your court And there is nothing you can do about it You think you're God because you have a robe And you can put people up the goddamn river for 20 years? Well, you're not And I left it at that Did you walk away? Yes I did I don't like the judicial system, I don't like the government system I don't like the police, I don't like anything to do with this country's government I just don't like it, because they're sneaky, like I said They're deceitful, they're lying, they're cheats, they rip people off That's the American government for you America is a third world country, and people don't recognise it And I think that that's pretty goddamn sad That they don't recognise their own country as a third world Third rate, third class slum Well, do you have any weapons? Yes, I do I own a high-powered assault rifle I own a 12-gauge double barrel shotgun I own a regular shotgun I own a regular hunting rifle I own a 9mm, a 357, a 45 handgun, a 38 special And, erm, I own an M-16 fully automatic ground assault rifle Do you think things are gonna get better before they get worse? No way Things are just gonna get worse and keep on getting worse Like I said, America's a third world country as it is And, and we're just basically in a hopeless situation as it stands What do you think this country's gonna look like in the year 2003? Y'know, I'll tell you the truth - Nothing against you guys But I don't wanna answer that question because I haven't even got a mind that's that, that inhumane Are you ready for what's coming? Ready as I'll ever be Most people aren't There's a little saying Dates back for generations Go on Be prepared for anything at any time from anybody Don't take no shit, always stand your ground People wanna come up to me and run their mouth, guess what? I'll throw them through the fucking window I won't think a thing of it Would you mind reciting your poem for us? Not at all, I don't see why I don't see why I couldn't There's an evil virus that's threatening mankind It's not state of the art, it's a serious state of the mind The muggers, the backstabbers, the two faced elite A menace to society, a social disease To brainwash the mind is a social disorder The cynics, the apathy one-upmanship order Watching beginnings of social decay Gloating and sneering at life's disarray Eating away at your own self esteem Pouncing on every word that you might be saying To attack someone's mind is a social disorder The constitution, the government, martial law order Superficially smiling a shake of the hand As soon as your back is turned treason is planned When every good thing's laid to rest By the governments hate, by the constitution and their lies And every time you think you're safe And when you go to turn away You know they're sharpening all their knives All in your mind All in your head Try to relate it All in your mind All in your head Try to escape it Without a conscience they destroy And that's a thing that they enjoy They're a sickness that's in all of our minds They want to sink the ship and leave The way they laugh at you and me You know it happens all the time But it only happens in your mind The rats in the cellar you know who you are Or do you? Watching beginnings of social decay Thank you for your time
Composición: Colaboración y revisión: Mariana Barcellos