"Half Woke"

by Jeph Johnson


Sometimes I wink to show the world I'm half woke
But then the world thinks I'm mansplaining to folx
I'm not always right though it's left how I vote
Yeah I'm white, but like you on payday I'm broke
I'm not in charge though that's what my forefathers said
I'm too large to not sleep alone in my bed
Noticing a blonde's measurements causes scandal
Yeah I'm privileged beyond what most can handle
I'm too loud to be effectively heard
And not proud unless it's because I'm a nerd
Which I'm not, so I'm a somethin' or other "phobe"
Perfecting my plot of status quo on the globe
In truth I just don't wanna feel uptight
Or uncouth to finally see the light
But that's now what it takes in this world to be free
I just wish it didn't have to be me
But it does, I guess my white cis het brothers
Will all need to cast aside our druthers
So perhaps in the distance a future generation
Will perceive America as a great nation

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