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Can't Truss It Lyrics

Artist: Public Enemy
Album: Apocalypse 91

Bass in your face
Not an eight track
Gettin' it good to the wood
So the people
Give you some a dat
Reactin' to the fax
That I kick and it stick
And it stay around
Pointin' to the joint put the Buddha down
Goin' goin' gettin' to the roots
Ain't givin' it up
So turn me loose
But then again I got a story
That's harder than the hardcore
Cost of the holocaust
I'm talin' 'bout the one still goin' on
I know
Where I'm from, not dum diddie dum
From the base motherland
The place of the drum
Invaded by the wack diddie wack
Fooled the black, left us faded
King and chief probably had a big beef
Because of dat now I grit my teeth
So here's a song to the strong
'Bout a shake of a snake
And the smile went along wit dat
Can't truss it
Kickin' wicked rhymes
Like a fortune teller
'Cause the wickedness done by Jack
Where everybody at
Divided and sold
For liquor and the gold
Smacked in the back
For the other man to mack
Now the story that I'm kickin' is gory
Little Rock where they be
Dockin' this boat
No hope I'm shackled
Plus gang tackled
By the other hand swingin' the rope
Wearin' red, white and blue Jack and his crew
The guy's authorized beat down for the brown
Man to the man, each one so it teach one
Born to terrorize sisters and every brother
One love who said it
I know Whodini sang it
But the hater taught hate
That's why we gang bang it
Beware of the hand
When it's comin' from the left
I ain't trippin' just watch ya step
Can't truss it
An I judge everyone, one by the one
Look here come the judge
Watch it here he come now
I can only guess what's happ'nin'
Years ago he woulda been
The ships captain
Gettin' me bruised on a cruise
What I got to lose, lost all contact
Got me layin' on my back
Rollin' in my own leftover
When I roll over, I roll over in somebody else's
90 F--kin' days on a slave ship
Count 'em fallin' off 2, 3, 4 hun'ed at a time
Blood in the wood and it's mine
I'm chokin' on spit feelin' pain
Like my brain bein' chained
Still gotta give it what I got
But it's hot in the day, cold in the night
But I thrive to survive, I pray to god to stay alive
Attitude boils up inside
And that ain't it (think I'll every quit)
Still I pray to get my hands 'round
The neck of the man wit' the whip
3 months pass, they brand a label on my ass
To signify
Owned
I'm on the microphone
Sayin' 1555
How I'm livin'
We been livin' here
Livin' ain't the word
I been givin'
Haven't got
Classify us in the have-nots
Fightin' haves
'Cause it's all about money
When it comes to Armageddon
Mean I'm getting mine
Here I am turn it over Sam
427 to the year
Do you understand
That's why it's hard
For the black to love the land
Once again
Bass in your face
Not an eight track
Gettin' it good to the wood
So the people
Give you some a dat
Reactin' to the fax
That I kick and it stick
And it stay around
Pointin' to the joint, put the Buddha down
Goin', goin', gettin' to the roots
Ain't givin' it up
So turn me loose
But then again I got a story
That's harder than the hardcore
Cost of the holocaust
I'm talin' 'bout the one still goin' on
I know
Where I'm from, not dum diddie dum
From the base motherland
The place of the drum
Invaded by the wack diddie wack
Fooled the black, left us faded
King and chief probably had a big beef
Because of dat now I grit my teeth
So here's a song to the strong
'Bout a shake of a snake
And the smile went along wit dat
Can't truss it
Comments/Interpretations
by Mani on 5/29/2008 8:25am
I love this song
by Jake on 8/15/2008 3:25am
I know this song has a serious message but it so hippy hoppy which is what I think all song with messages should be like actually good!
by Mike on 11/24/2008 1:01am
I always loved this song, but I didn't know it had such a serious message until I read the lyrics.. Even more respect to Public Enemy.
by brooklin' Dug on 11/25/2008 12:59pm
Da black man and jew are brothers frmm diffrnt muthers. Word up
by FYI on 2/9/2009 12:51am
For years I thought it was "1555", but then I realized the math doesn't add up....1565 + 427 to the year = 1991 (inclusive of both 1565 and 427) = when this cut was released. Food for thought...
by Xango on 3/24/2009 11:24pm
Mad lyrics!!! Much respect to Chuck D tellin' it like it is... It's still reality in the ghetto in the 20-09... When's shit gone change already?!? Black president and still the ghetto's gettin macked by white Wall Street (often Jewish) creditors...
by Wurd on 5/31/2009 4:52pm
So here's a song to the strong
'Bout a shake of a snake
And the smile went along wit dat
Can't truss it (Wall Street & Jews robbin the world with a smirk)
by luke on 7/18/2009 7:06pm
fyi do the math properly. 1565
+ 427
-----
1992
by Sl0ower on 7/23/2009 5:38pm
this song reminds me the final scene from AMERICAN GANGSTER
by Greg on 4/2/2010 9:24am
This is my favorite song of all-time because it's a complete history lesson in 5 minutes and obviously has a powerful message and beat to go with it.
by jrucor on 5/1/2010 10:34am
back when i was in highschool this was myfavorite song when it came out, and it still jams!!
by Stylishm on 9/15/2010 1:30pm
IN FULL EFFECT
by Devi on 10/17/2010 8:57am
This song was about Bill Clinton during his first presidential election. He denounced Sista Souljah, a black conscience rapper and protege of Public Enemy. He did so for no good reason except to show mainstream whites that he was not a "n-lover" just because he played sax on Arsenio Hall. Thus, PE released "Can't Truss It".
by DRE on 12/27/2010 8:46am
I can't get through the lyrics, with music in background without tearing up. very powerful.
by Balthazar on 1/18/2011 9:57am
About the math: It says 1555 in the printed lyrics that came with the CD too. Sometimes even the printed lyrics can be wrong, though. And to luke: FYI said "inclusive of both 1565 and 427", that is counting from 1565 to 1991 you get 427 calendar years if you include both 1565 and 1991.
by Nigga C on 7/10/2011 9:19pm
I hate white people !!!!!!
by White Christian Guy, Sr, on 7/29/2011 11:05am
I hate self rightious crackers, too: What up in HELL NOW,HYPOCRITE!!!!
by Russ on 7/31/2011 1:15pm
Nigga C,I hate black people and I have the power to do something about it.
by CR on 1/9/2012 12:22pm
This song has a powerful message, if we would only adhere to it.
Chuck D much thanks..
by P on 2/21/2012 10:07am
Still Relevant today...waaaaaay ahead of there time!
by chef on 7/15/2012 12:34pm
Some are you are doing exactly what the devil wants us to do is hate each other. BE BLESSED :-)
by MC shuttheMickfuckup on 11/3/2012 5:32pm
Prob the most powerful track ever!
by Becky C on 4/4/2013 1:19am
I didn't realize this song was so about such a serious, tragic subject. I was moved when I read the actual lyrics, and heart- broken. Is our current world still really so awful? Ca'nt trusse it that's fo sure
by Sgt. Pookie on 4/7/2013 9:31pm
Jesus H. Fuckin' Christ on a Stick this song is blowing my little Cracker-assed mind...

...and KILL WHITEY!!!
by Nena on 4/14/2013 9:16pm
I remember seeing this video as a 17 year old girl. It brought me to tears.
by HERBERTX on 1/25/2014 6:55am
Yeah he's the truth, he had whites and jews sized up already, and was feeding us while teaching us. But I still think ras kas song 'nature of the threat'. Is the most powerful hiphop song ever made.
by lnorman on 6/6/2014 5:50pm
greatest mc of all time love the message in this song it taught my history in my youth thank you chuck d I loved the way flavor kept hyping chuck up great job flav


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