Lauryn Hill – Motives and thoughts (Poem)

Today I decided not to put up my own poetry but rather one of my favorite poems ever. The great Lauryn Hill once delivered this piece at Def Poetry Jam and I have never forgotten about it. So here it is with a video of the performance. I am sorry for the bad video quality, this is as good as I could find.Hope you like it.

Rotating bodies, confusion in sound
Negative imagery holdin us down
Social delusion, clearly constructed
Human condition, morals corrupted
Trapped in reaction, lawlessness, war
Dissatisfaction from bowels to core
Devil’s technology, strategy for
Human mythologies, urban folklore
Sick of psychology, counterfeit cure
Wicked theology robbin the poor
Scheme demonology mislead the pure
Strict and strategically studyin war
Light shone in darkness, image exposed
Few can see through the new emperor’s clothes
Lustful, this hustle turns humans to hoes
When the blind lead the blind just more trouble and woes
It’s the mind that they chose; it’s designed to stay closed
Standards of jokers, court jester logic
Sick lookin cosmic from schoolyard to college
Primitive man and his civilized knowledge
The system collapse and he still won’t acknowledge
God as the savior
Studies behavior
To try and to fix the mixed mind that he gave ya
Stiff-necked scholars on perscription meds
Wishin their problems was all in their heads
Moral dilemma, pride at the root
Misguided from youth, heart divided from truth
Egyptians and Grecians spiritually dead
Empirically led by the good gods in their heads
Motives and thoughts
Industrial wealth
Global economy, in it for self
Heart full of madness, covered with kind
Pleasure designed to take over your mind
Furnished in godliness, painted in good
This tainted priesthood’s got real saints misunderstood
While classes and government set up the veil
And cultivate minds for more mythical tales
Typical hollywood follies, good girl
While vice and corruption take over the world
Motives and thoughts
Check your motives and thoughts

Lie with the wickedness deep in your heart
Modern day wickedness is all you’ve been taught
Lie to your neighbours so you get ahead
Modern day trickery is all you’ve been fed
Motives and thoughts
Check your motives and thoughts

7 thoughts on “Lauryn Hill – Motives and thoughts (Poem)

  1. This

    “Lie with the wickedness deep in your heart
    Modern day wickedness is all you’ve been taught
    Lie to your neighbours so you get ahead
    Modern day trickery is all you’ve been fed
    Motives and thoughts
    Check your motives and thoughts”

    Truth

  2. I can’t stop reading this … I would be walking down the street quoting this out loud. Thank you and bless you Lauryn Hill.

    Paul lokispiral

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