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Lula Wiles - "Television" [Official Audio]
Listen to the official audio for "Television" by Lula Wiles, the first single off 'Shame & Sedition,' out May 21, 2021, on Smithsonian Folkways. Pre-order/stream: Smithsonian Folkways: All other platforms: Conceived amidst profound change and calls for revolution, 'Shame and Sedition' is the sound of Lula Wiles amplifying the present moment. Each song grew from personal revelations or yearning for collective reckoning, materializing into proclamations against powerful oligarchs, toxic relationships, media narratives, and the callousness capitalism demands. Sung in their instantly recognizable tight harmony, within a landscape of expansive electric guitars, dynamic currents of bass and drums, and intimate acoustic textures, the album sees Lula Wiles’ sound deepening to give honest form to their trenchant lyrics. 'Shame and Sedition' captures Lula Wiles at a pivotal juncture, as they critically examine today’s nuanced struggles and reconsider how our lives are lived. -- "Television" It’s a sharp knife between greed and ambition You start to question what you’ve been given Everybody’s buying when they’re selling division And it’s all waiting for you on your television It’s a tightrope walk between red and blue Watch the Friday night fight, the riveting show They’re fighting each other, who’s fighting for you? It’s a short night reaching, and a long day working Clocking in, checking out, and crashing down It’s a waking dream until you pull back the curtain It’s a war on water, it’s a war on the pavement Awards for the puppet and the overseer And the weapon is hunger and the method is hatred It’s a tightening chokehold on what you see Who points the camera, who points the gun? If the evidence points back, then why would they screen it? It’s a sharp knife between shame and sedition You start to question what you’ve been missing Everybody’s armed to defend the old position And it’s all waiting for you -- Lula Wiles: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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