This Is America

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Writer, director and comedian Childish Gambino Ė AKA Donald Glover, brings a brilliantly choreographed bit of theatre in a vast warehouse, as he dances around an escalating riot, ending up with a complex dissection of gun violence and American racism.

Posted May 07, 2018

 

Here are the full lyrics to ďThis Is America,Ē as documented by lyrics website Genius:

[Intro: Choir]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away

[Bridge: Childish Gambino & Young Thug]
We just wanna party
Party just for you
We just want the money
Money just for you
I know you wanna party
Party just for me
Girl, you got me danciní (yeah, girl, you got me danciní)
Dance and shake the frame
We just wanna party (yeah)
Party just for you (yeah)
We just want the money (yeah)
Money just for you (you)
I know you wanna party (yeah)
Party just for me (yeah)
Girl, you got me danciní (yeah, girl, you got me danciní)
Dance and shake the frame (you)

[Chorus: Childish Gambino]
This is America
Donít catch you slippiní up
Donít catch you slippiní up
Look what Iím whippiní up
This is America (woo)
Donít catch you slippiní up
Donít catch you slippiní up
Look what Iím whippiní up

[Verse 1: Childish Gambino, Blocboy JB, Slim Jxmmi, Young Thug, & 21 Savage]
This is America (skrrt, skrrt, woo)
Donít catch you slippiní up (ayy)
Look at how Iím liviní now
Police be trippiní now (woo)
Yeah, this is America (woo, ayy)
Guns in my area (word, my area)
I got the strap (ayy, ayy)
I gotta carry íem
Yeah, yeah, Iíma go into this (ugh)
Yeah, yeah, this is guerilla (woo)
Yeah, yeah, Iíma go get the bag
Yeah, yeah, or Iíma get the pad
Yeah, yeah, Iím so cold like yeah (yeah)
Iím so dope like yeah (woo)
We goní blow like yeah (straight up, uh)

[Refrain: Choir & Childish Gambino]
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
You go tell somebody
Grandma told me
Get your money, Black man (get your money)
Get your money, Black man (get your money)
Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man)
Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man)
Black man

[Chorus: Childish Gambino, Slim Jxmmi, & Young Thug]
This is America (woo, ayy)
Donít catch you slippiní up (woo, woo, donít catch you slippiní, now)
Donít catch you slippiní up (ayy, woah)
Look what Iím whippiní up (Slime!)
This is America (yeah, yeah)
Donít catch you slippiní up (woah, ayy)
Donít catch you slippiní up (ayy, woo)
Look what Iím whippiní up (ayy)

[Verse 2: Childish Gambino, Quavo, Young Thug, & 21 Savage]
Look how Iím geekiní out (hey)
Iím so fitted (Iím so fitted, woo)
Iím on Gucci (Iím on Gucci)
Iím so pretty (yeah, yeah)
Iím goní get it (ayy, Iím goní get it)
Watch me move (blaow)
This a celly (ha)
Thatís a tool (yeah)
On my Kodak (woo, Black)
Ooh, know that (yeah, know that, hold on)
Get it (get it, get it)
Ooh, work it (21)
Hunnid bands, hunnid bands, hunnid bands (hunnid bands)
Contraband, contraband, contraband (contraband)
I got the plug on Oaxaca (woah)
They gonna find you that blocka (blaow)

[Refrain: Choir, Childish Gambino, & Young Thug]
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
America, I just checked my following list and
You go tell somebody
You mothafuckas owe me
Grandma told me
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man)
Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man)
Black man
One, two, get down
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
You go tell somebody
Grandma told me, ďGet your moneyĒ
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Black man

[Outro: Young Thug]
You just a Black man in this world
You just a barcode, ayy
You just a Black man in this world
Driviní expensive foreigns, ayy
You just a big dawg, yeah
I kenneled him in the backyard
No probably ainít life to a dog
For a big dog

 

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