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This song was inspired by the story of Sara Baartman's story. I find the parallels between her life and the lives of many young women today to be uncanny.

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Sara by Amon Re The 8th Sign

HOOK
Before the video vixens
There was Sarah
Before injections and extensions
There was Sarah
Before the record labels ever did this
The conceit of exploiting black women was invented through Sarah
A yo they did this to Sarah
You know they did this to Sarah
200 years and the cycles still existing
Her story is so repetitious pay attention

CHORUS
This songs for Sarah Baartman
Though you may know her as Venus
From Hottentot tribe a slur to her people
She was a 20 year old black queen
The white man couldn't believe
Their eyes truly felt deceived
So they plotted a scheme
To get rich so they sold her a dream
About fame and a better life if she goes up stream
Her voluptuous features were so different from Europeans
And their perception of beauty thin nose and fair skin
Compared to her they resembled bolemic
They mind can conceive how god could achieve it
So she was labeled subhuman like she's a whole different creature
Sold into captivity
From her family
Put in display for the those that want to to see the freak
To laugh at, comment, point fingers and gasp at
Her curvy figure and large bottom was abstract
They even tried to make Sarah a lab rat

HOOK
Before the video vixens
There was Sarah
Before injections and extensions
There was Sarah
Before the record labels ever did this
The conceit of exploiting black women was invented through Sarah
A yo they did this to Sarah
You know they did this to Sarah
200 years and the cycles still existing
Her story is so repetitious pay attention

Verse 2
For 5 years
I'm sure that cried tears
Look to the sky and ask God why am I here
Shackled in chain
She daydream to escape from the pain
To green pastures in the cape where she came
In South Africa
They took future, aspirations, hope and her name
From the second they saw Sarah they were after her
Captured her then locked her away
Put her in a cage
Then shook hands cause your bout to get paid
Look at Sarah on display as she drowns in her shame
She's a mental slave now not just bound by the chains
Knowing things ain't bound to change
She accept her situation and at 25 she finally escapes
Only to be dissect studies and found in a case
Took 200 years to reach her final resting place
A disgrace
A never ending cycle it's like you
Turn on the tv and see Sarah everyday

HOOK
Before the video vixens
There was Sarah
Before injections and extensions
There was Sarah
Before the record labels ever did this
The conceit of exploiting black women was invented through Sarah
A yo they did this to Sarah
You know they did this to Sarah
200 years and the cycles still existing
Her story is so repetitious pay attention

Bridge
Don't let history repeat itself
Open your eyes look in the mirror and you will see yourself
A reflection deeper self
Rooted in a deeper truth
Learn from others mistakes
And maybe in their action you will see you too

HOOK
Before the video vixens
There was Sarah
Before injections and extensions
There was Sarah
Before the record labels ever did this
The conceit of exploiting black women was invented through Sarah
A yo they did this to Sarah
You know they did this to Sarah
200 years and the cycles still existing
Her story is so repetitious pay attention

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released May 25, 2018
Beat Composed by Finn Downey

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Amon Re The 8th Sign Chicago, Illinois

Amon Re The 8th Sign - born Jermaine Price - is a Forest City, North Carolina rapper who has spent the last several years perfecting his craft at his homebase in Chicago, Illinois. Averse to labels, he prefers to refer to himself as a “conscious” artist who uses his emotional acuity and skill for empathy to become a vessel for people’s struggles with self, society, or life in general. ... more

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