South (Quantum)

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It really just all looks like a joke
A macabre joke someone is playing
like that time in Cartagena
Where someone gave a laxative to all the birds
So half the population received their shit falling from the sky

That’s what it looks like
Someone is playing this nasty ass joke
And someone is laughing somewhere

I’m not laughing when our kids die
I’m not laughing when someone never comes home
I’m not laughing at the dumb ass who invented racism
After the mamelukes rebelled way back in the 12 hundreds

I’m not laughing when musicians remain silent
When it’s okay to have an all-white big band
With no women in there either

It’s just not funny what is going on
Fallen queens forgotten kings
History untaught, children distraught
Walls and pipelines
Shady investors playing with our lives
Corrupt sociopath presidents
And we stand by unbothered

There’s nothing funny when a kid dies
But when murderer police walk around
With new guns after their paid leave
It just all really looks like a joke
Like a very macabre joke
And someone is laughing somewhere


from TetraWind, released February 9, 2017
María Grand - voice, tenor saxophone and composition
Román Filiú - alto saxophone
David Bryant - keyboards
Rashaan Carter - electric bass
Craig Weinrib - drums


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María Grand is a saxophonist, composer, and educator currently based in NYC.

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