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I said this before, kimimaro, right at the door, offering bones.
ill and locked away, saved by a snake, what does it take?
spirit of sand, saved by a clock.

(vamonos pa'lla!)
(la barbacoa! aprovecha litros, válido club! barba, barba, coa!)

Quote me back like you're angry.
all these words meant much to me,
they lacked precision.

Releasing will help me feel better,
symbolic chains constraining me,
time to let go.

(no se habla de cómo bregar con la pobreza, no se habla de cómo recuperarnos, de como ayudar a la gente, no se habla de educación, se habla de chismes y billetes y de corrupción.)

We plagiarized gold (oro, ay!),
it wore our skin,
turned our skin green,
boiled our shoulders.

That boy weilded bones (kimimaro),
skeletal shield, gold in his veins,
offered a life, not lost in vain.

A blessing to live (a blessing to live),
playnotes for tears (notes for tears i offer),
wield mass of hearts,
offer a world, offer a start.

new noun trukuta (wow!),
syllable we,
the rattle a dance,
loosens the pavement.

a poet in song.
sing like you speak (yeah),
play like you hurt,
give and receive,
all is deserved.
trust in a verse,
a trusted refrain,
a word to doubt hope,
a lie just the same.
who called this place 'here'?
who said it was ours?


released June 1, 2020
Written, Recorded, and Produced by Mobey Irizarry (Bebé Machete)
Mastered by Andi Jones

Released by Funnybone Records

Violins - Riley Calcagno, Camille Vogley-Howes
Viola - Rituparna Mukherjee
Cello - Marly Gonzalez
Trumpet - Jane Wickline
Saxophone - Henry Fernandez


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Bebé Machete is a genderqueer, Boricua experimental pop artist from Hartford, CT.

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