Where faith, life, and lyrics meet…

Marlene

Written by Da’Lux Blaze, Produced by T-mic, Recorded and Mixed by DJ D.Scott

I’ve heard a dream deferred could be “a raisin in the sun”
But just as easy festers like a sore
Well when the dream is justice remaining to be done
Do you feel the pain of when it is ignored?

[Repeat 2x]

By now it would almost be her quinceañera
But nah, there won’t be no party this year
As the mother speaks the tension is clear but
The unspoken words are the hardest to hear

A victim of terror, a victim of error
I don’t think it fits to use martyrdom here
But we at least could call her a victim of the era
where unlawful use of State authority’s clear

Bolivia, septiembre dos mil tres
In El Alto indigenous folks protest
state policies as taxes on the poor skyrocket
El presidente sends in the troops to squash it

They come in strapped as if it’s a stick-up
Fully-loaded semis – I don’t mean those big trucks
Only the mouths of guns had freedom of speech
It’s how the cards were dealt, you should read ‘em and weep

Now please don’t view this as only history
I want you to picture this moment vividly
I want you to see this up close not distantly
And relive it in your mind as though it’s memory

The pregnant mom of this girl I speak about
Couldn’t leave the house so she had a home delivery
Now it’s the mother, the girl, and the infant
Entrenched in the house for fear of the rogue infantry

The girl steals on tip-toe to the window
Her tired mom rests and rocks the cradle
She tries to catch a glimpse as the violence crescendos
Catches one to the chest and the shot was fatal

Marlene Nancy Rojas Ramos
I guess you never will see that quinceaños
And you were just one of many casualties
How can anyone take this story casually?

Young years cut short in a moment of violence
But hold the tears, forget the moment of silence
It’s been said the only way evil will triumph
Is if the good people sit immobile and quiet

It’s injustice if I don’t speak out at all
This verse is my attempt to reach out to y’all
– my plea in a song, ‘cause people were wronged
and the process of justice – it seems to be stalled

The leader involved in this frightening story
Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada
Somehow managed to get American asylum
The US embassy politely informed me

Although he can’t vote to determine the president
He has all other rights as a permanent resident
So no matter how many murders, they’re hesitant
to send him back ’cause he has certain protections and

the burden of evidence blah blah blah
Fact is, money and power are by his side
Guess you could say he’s literally buying time
Expensive lawyers helpin’ him bide his time

But I know “a right delayed is a right denied”
My question is: with whom does the right reside?
The U.S. is where he currently might reside
But it was as Bolivia’s head that he sliced the thighs

It was as Bolivia’s head that he sliced the thighs
Doesn’t he owe the body whose life he robbed?
It was as Bolivia’s head that he sliced the thighs
Doesn’t he owe the body whose life he robbed?

Outro:

I’ve heard a dream deferred could be a raisin in the sun
But just as easy festers like a sore
Well when the dream is justice remaining to be done
Do you feel the pain of when it is ignored?

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