Coulda Been Me

Produser: Gawvi
Vocals tambahan dening: J. Paul
artwork by: Alex Medina
Campuran lan nguwasani dening: Yakub “Biz” Morris

ayat 1:
Aja oleh pengen krungu pain kita
Sing carane aku kroso yen aku flipping liwat mau twitter komentar, kabeh aku aran iku udan
Padha nuduhake kula njaluk liwat iku lawas
kuwi sing ora ana ora luwih
Nanging sing ora muni bener nalika katon ing lurung-lurung iki
Dadi nyata yen aku aran kaya iku coulda wis kula

pancing:
Man bisa aku pitutur marang kowe carane aku kroso sapunika
Ah padha pengen ngerti carane aku kroso sapunika
Aku aran kaya iku coulda wis kula
Aku aran kaya iku coulda wis kula
Kita digawe ing gambar Gusti Allah ngerti
Kabeh gesang kita Matter, kita sesanti iku ngumpul
We aran pain sabab kita wis kene sadurunge
Sapa sing resik aku ora ngerti
Nanging coulda wis kula
Aku aran kaya iku coulda wis kula

ayat 2:
Aku ora ngerti Mike Brown
Aku wis ora ngerti Trayvon
Aku ora ngerti Sean Bell
Nanging aku ngerti musna
Aku wis ora ngerti Oscar Grant utawa Tamir Rice
Aku ora ngerti Eric Garner
Nanging aku ngerti padha urip
Luwih worth saka padha matur ing layar tv
Aku sengit aku tak daftar dawa, sampeyan Finna ndeleng Aku njerit
Sabab aku aran kaya padha ora weruh aku ratu
Digawe kanggo ngwasani kados Panjenenganipun, padha mikir kita fiends mlarat
Aku ora ana nalika padha dijupuk ing wong
Aku ora bisa ngatasi kasus, ora bakal padha ngarani Aku bisa
Nanging aku ngerti urip minangka wong ireng enom
Guess aku ora bisa dadi mad sing sawetara ora ngerti
Nanging Mungkin yen
Yen nyawang urip lan kowé padha ngadeg ing ngendi aku ngadeg
Gunakake sandi mata kanggo katon ing lurung-lurung iki
Iku banget nyata nalika aku aran kaya iku coulda wis kula

pancing:
Man bisa aku pitutur marang kowe carane aku kroso sapunika
Ah padha pengen ngerti carane aku kroso sapunika
Aku aran kaya iku coulda wis kula
Aku aran kaya iku coulda wis kula

ayat 3:
Picture kula minangka teen a
Njupuk metu ombenan ing nyimpen nalika aku weruh
Kasir prapta, banjur njerit
Poin ing hip lan dhateng kula aku katon
Nanging terus munggah, Aku wis ora ngerti sing aku sing medeni
Lan aku wis ora ngerti aku bisa njupuk sampeyan karo blackberry a
banget aneh, that he saw me as a thug
Nalika aku tau d kejiret cilik, tau nyolong utawa tuku obatan
Utawa carane bab wektu aku balik gambar
Kebak kabungahan, Finna rap kanggo kamar kebak Folks
Outside banjur aku golek iku gun ing pasuryan
Blenggu ing tangan, Pat mudhun ing bangkekan
Iku ol padha, ol padha
Aku pas gambaran saka pidana sing padha ngerti
Padha nuduhake kula Gambar, ayo
Sing guyon? Aku ora katon kaya
Well the cops thought we did if you looking right
Saben wong ireng aku ngerti
Tak crita kaya sing, ngundhuh kang padha ora sow
Nalika padha nganggep sing thug saka mlumpat
Iku ora Matter yen strapped karo kumpa
Deleng aku ora ngerti yen Mike Brown tangan kang munggah
Nanging aku nulis matur homie I'ma ngadeg munggah
Lan I'ma pitutur marang kowe aran aku katon ing lurung-lurung iki
Lan ngomong iku nyata nalika aku aran kaya iku coulda wis kula

pancing

ayat 4:
Langit kroso werna abu-abu, mata abang
Ireng lan putih tawuran, mendhung ana ing sadhuwure sirah
Suwene nganti padha krungu apa kita ngandika
Suwene nganti padha krungu apa aku ngandika?
Bengok metu kabeh pulisi apik
Fighting lanang ala, nggawe titik apik
Aku sengit ing pamblokiran hood
Ing pungkasan dheweke bisa nyoba kanggo bongkahan ing kabeh ora kejem
Aku kepenginan ngomong kanggo kabeh wong enom ireng
Aku ngerti iku kroso kaya kita mung bisa menang
Nanging ing salebeting bebendu Paduka ora dosa
Aja negasake apa padha mikir
Aja oleh ngomong kita wis ora tak worth
Sawetara bakal nyoba kanggo mati kita mudhun ora bisa
Aku ngerti iku ora padha, Nanging kita padha sumurup Dèkné sing ngrumati
Lan siji dina kang bakal ngusapi luh

liyane
Where pangarep-arep ing? Mine ing wong
Where pangarep-arep ing? Mine ing wong
We tak bisa apa, nanging pangarep-arep iku ing wong
Padha tak karya apa banget, nanging pangarep-arep iku ing wong

Enggo bareng

32 komentar

  1. sebutno: Coulda Been Me — TRIP LEE

  2. JordanReply

    I see some of the points made in the lyrics, and I know this song is personal, but it feels like it’s a song that’s giving in to this chaos.

    The second section of the 3rd verse, talking about being patted down because hefitsthe description of the criminal. I’ve been patted down before, on the side of the interstate after being tailed for 3 miles, because I wore a beanie and a sweatshirt that made me look like I was from the harsher side of town. Not just that, but I was driving my grandfathers Impala with my dad in the passenger seat, and they checked our stories about us heading back from the local Apple store where I dropped off my Macbook to be fixed. Call it profiling, call it whatever, but it was anything but the color of my skin. One officer was white, the other was black. That was me.

    First line of the first verse: “Aja oleh pengen krungu pain kita”. Pretty sure I know what it means. The word “kita” in that phrase, to me feels like alienation from the song, like I won’t understand what the struggle is, or how you feel. I may not be able to understand, but God gave me the means to support, through Prayer.

    Continuing on that thought, “Kita digawe ing gambar Gusti Allah ngerti”. There’s the whole counter to the song. God created us in His image, and no color, disabilities, gender or origin of nation has ever made God look at any individual He created any differently, so why should we? Why should I look at myself any differently from you, and vice versa?

    I could get further, but I feel I’ve said enough. trip, as a follower of Christ we wear our faith, we don’t look at any person any differently or treat them differently. We throw away Self, and focus and put the attention on Him, and regardless of how any one of us feels, when we say we are Christians, the way we act and the things we say reflect how people see Him through us. So if it could have been you, should I look at you any differently? What if it was me?

    My point is, beColorblindin this world.

    • ToryReply

      Brother Jordan, can I just express thatcolorblindnessis not the answer to these issues? Let me switch it quickly from race to gender. Men and women are very different, lan sing apik bab! To begender blindwould be very detrimental, because it would naturally cut off the importance of our differences, and make us miss out on God. What I mean in that is that as men, mercy tends to not come as naturally as it does for women (notice the word tends!). If we only looked at men, we would miss out on the mercy of God. We would read about it, but see no tangible, human example of His mercy (I’m know I’m speaking in aggressive generalities, but only to make a point).

      Race is the same way. We are actually very different, naturally! Blacks, Asians, Whites, Hispanics, we are usually very different in our worldview, personalities, culture, etc. This is a beautiful thing. By looking at one cultures passion over another, we can see that God is a passionate God (passionate about the right things). By looking at one culture’sslow to anger(ness),” we can see that God is patience with us, and is slow to anger. By looking at different cultures, we actually get to see many pictures of God.

      Without question, we are all to be treated the same, because we are all created in the Imago Dei. Nanging, we are different, lan sing paling oke! I’m half black, half white, and have a ton ofblack traits,” lan “white traits.Okay. That’s great! Hopefully they show us something about God! I vote for celebration and learning of differences rather than colorblindness, and a true celebration can only happen in the gospel.

      • NateReply

        Tori,

        Your words have inspired me to write a song using a variation of your words: “We are all created in the Imago Dei, however, we are different and that’s more than OK”. Thank you for your initiative to speak and spark wisdom. The rest of the song has turned out to prove itself as purely an undeserved gift of words to express our unity in diversity and in Christ.

        Grace and Peace,
        Nate

    • TaevanReply

      Well said Jordan. I will say this one thing: Instead of being colorblind, could we instead see our different ethnic backgrounds as God’s creativity? We stand together with Him under the name of Jesus. He is our bannerno matter if we’re from Ferguson, Cali, Oregon, Alabama or New York. Jesus is our focal point. And in a culture that wants to separate us intominoritiesand different groups, we stand as Christ’s body, underneath Him.

      But I do appreciate your insight on the song. Thank you for building the Kingdom up for His glory!

    • JoshReply

      trip, thanks for these thoughts. I appreciate your sharing your experience as a man of color who thinks of his identity and the tragic state of our culture through the Lens of the Gospel. May the Lord continue to build his Kingdom and fame through your work. Matur nuwun.

  3. GabrielReply

    Matur nuwun Trip, you’re a true role model and inspiration. Keep up the good work and lean on the lord’s guidance.

  4. MichaelReply

    It’s saddening reading all the events going now in the world. Right from NYC to Kenya. Painfull issues yet we don’t learn from them and keep doing the same things. It’s time we truly became our brothers keepers

  5. MichaelReply

    trip Lee, this could not have come at a different time. We need to stress the point more and by all means #couldabeenme

  6. RichardReply

    really sad to hear, still can’t really imagine how y’all feel but I see that a lot of black ppl just get just really to fastfeel sad for u al, I feel powerless at all

  7. ToddReply

    Powerful statement, beautifully crafted. Brought years to my eyes when I least expected it. I only recently discovered your music and it has been a wonderfully inspirational discovery at the time in my life God deemed it so. Much praise to you, young brother.

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  9. AmandaReply

    To say that God doesn’t see color is unBiblical. (Jordan) The Bible says that God created different nations and tongues to showcase His majesty. We shouldn’t pretend that it doesn’t exist! If you say you want to be there for a believer who deals with these things by prayer or whatever avenue then why are you trying to argue his song? He is sharing his hurt. His pain. Stuff that black people, go through. Why do you have to feel alienated for him saying that. Why does your ONE example of a bad experience have to rule out or invalidate the hurt and frustration that many black people have to face daily. Not just that one time. My husband always has to go above and beyond to make sure he comes off as non threatening to people!! Apa? Why is it that he is black so he is considered scary and threatening. Why is it that he talks articulate that people feel they need to make the comment, wow you are not what I expected, or you are not like other black people. Do people go up to you and are they surprised by the way you speak? Stop for a min and just hear people out, you don’t have to agree or understand. Just show some empathy and help be a part of the solution! Thanks for sharing your heart Trip Lee.

  10. AbigailReply

    trip, this is good.
    My heart is hurting because there is still a reason to write songs like this. There is still a fight for black lives.
    Maybe one day we can make it right.

    <3

  11. bakalReply

    Keep up the good work Trip! Your words and your witness are powerful! May the Lord bless you, keep you, make his face shine upon you!

  12. CharlotteReply

    Trip Lee man,

    Can I just state that I have grown to love the major authenticity in your voice?! Ahh it’s so raw and real! This is a great feat. bro. Very true, I am very saddened to hear about all of the corruption in which has been shown here on the air and it is crazy how bias and upside down this world can beI’m very disappointed in my own race in which has been stereotyped and broadcasted upon. The video from Brooklyn NY is one of the most saddening things I’ve seen in a long time.

  13. VictoriaReply

    I love what Jordan is saying. I myself am a black America, a woman, but in my opinion, gender doesn’t play a huge role, black woman can be targeted in discriminatory ways also. I have never been targeted personally for the color of my skin, but I like to think I’d never hate or wish bad things to someone who was to harm me or kill me in a circumstance like the ones we are talking about. Being a Christian, I’m constantly reminded of the verse where Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. If someone hates you, you love them despite that. Racism will never stop happening, but if someone attacks you, turn the other cheek. You can’t make anyone accept you, stuff like this isn’t going to stop. But we need to stop thinking that blacks are the only race targeted. The only difference is, the white on black crime is the only crime being brought up in the news. What about a white guy killing a Hispanic? Or an Asian killing a black? We are all created equally. Ya, there was a time when slavery was all black people knew, but today there’s slavery and racism happening among every race. God does not see the deaths of these black men any differently than he sees the death of anyone else. I think we are forgetting that concept, no person’s life matters more than another. And let’s also not forget that we really don’t know the exact facts of these crimes. trip, I’m not hating on your song at all, it’s great that every person has their own opinion and this is yours. Although, I will say, yes it could’ve been you, but it also could’ve been a white man. Us black people are not the only targets. Let’s try to see each other the way God sees us, 100 percent equal.

  14. DanielleReply

    As a biracial, Color blind(Ya, because my heritage and culture include too many different races to start focusing on one at a time. I celebrate THEM none the less) woman I can’t imagine anything that a black man is going through. Especially when people jump straight on race and leave God out of it. But I’m glad that you put God in it where he belongs. He belongs in this situation, He belongs as the Justice giver. We belong and trust in Him.

  15. AnthonyReply

    I played this song for a room full of people trying to hear their brothers and sisters cries yesterday. There were about 18 of us and 6/8 were white. Your words cemented things.

    Know that your words are reaching people in deep, beautiful ways. Thank you for your honest reflection.

  16. JohnnyReply

    If you are making this about yourself or about a specific race then it has nothing to do with God. Your song only shows why the racism issue continues the way it does because no one is willing to change the cycle only cry about how they are treated poorly white, Mexican, Asian, people die in the same ways all the time by committing crimes and being stopped by someone we have accepted as a protector. Your either for justice completely or you aren’t there is no fine lines or excuses. You bring up fears and anger, Gods not in those yet you choose to be. You put God in this so g just so Christians keep listening to you rather then making the right stand for God instead your our lyrics say your gonna stand up for racism that your going to make tis song about racism and not God. You can’t sit at 2 tables you either sit at the table if the Father or you sit at the table of the fallen. Either way you’ve lost a fan. I hope you can come to terms with your fear and see how simple respect would change fear into shared respect and working together. If it coulda been you, then maybe you need to rethink your life choices.

  17. JonReply

    He isn’t against the cops right? I don’t think. I love trip and can’t wait till his next album, whenever that maybe. Great song.

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  19. KiannaReply

    I just listened to this song and the lyrics are powerful. “Where pangarep-arep ing?” -trip Lee. Aku tresna iku!

  20. MarkReply

    Do all my brothers, sisters, disillusioned, and hurting. I am sorry. I am a part of this as an American. But I am listening. I hear your pain.
    I am sorry.
    The word is getting out. No criticism, only love.