A song about white supremacy

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There's never been a star too bright to burn out
But I won't burn out tonight.
It's too dark. I'm too pale.
I made my grandma proud.

My skin is just dirt rubbed off from the ground.
I wanna become one with the sun.
My grandma will roll her eyes out loud.

There's a great, big ball in the sky, and I can't see.
It's made of golden flames and it's burning,
But it won't burn my skin, it will make me
Browner than yesterday, I mean,
Stronger than yesterday.

My grandma would be proud to know
I wear long-sleeved hoodies.
Cross my arms and walk
Towards the shadows while outside,
As if covering my abdomen is the only way
To keep my secret hidden.

I made my grandma proud.

But last summer,
I worked outdoors in New Hampshire.
Pulled up my sleeves.
Let the sun seep through the cracks in my skin.
Let the roots of melanin grow rich in soil.
Once again, I was burnt bold in brown.

And they asked, "How did you get so brown?"
And I said, "This is what happens when I embrace the sun."

There's a great, big ball in the sky, and I can't see.
It's made of golden flames and it's burning,
But it won't burn my skin, it will make me
Browner than yesterday, I mean,
Stronger than yesterday, no I mean,
Browner than yesterday. I'm much
Darker than yesterday.

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from "This is what you learned​.​", released June 24, 2014

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