Bruno Mars Concert
Occasional Picture September 2017

Bruno Mars Concert!!!!

Bruno Mars Concert


© 2017 Marina Rundell


The lyrics below are from the song, I Thank You, written by David Porter, Isaac Hayes, and sang by ZZ Top as well as Sam and Dave. Lyrics were a little bit revised after seeing Bruno Mars in concert.


You didn’t have to sing that perfect pitch like you did
But you did, but you did.
And we thank you.
You didn’t have to dance like you did
But you did, but you did.
And we thank you.
You sang your songs to everyone
Now we know what it means to be sang to death

You made us feel like we’ve never felt
Music so good we had to holler for help
You didn’t have to sing but you did
But you did but you did
And we thank you.
You didn’t have to dance but you did
But you did but you did
And we thank you.

Every day was something new,
You put on your show and your fine to-do
Bruno you got us trying new things too
Just so we can keep up in Mars with you.

You didn’t have to shake it but you did
But you did but you did
And we thank you.
You didn’t have to make it like you did
But you did but you did
And we thank you.

All our lives we’ve been shortchanged
Without your songs baby it’s a crying shame
But now we know what everyone’s singing about
Hear us say that we’ve been turned out
We want to thank you
We want to thank you
We want to thank you
Yes, we want to thank you



We would like to order
a supremacy
because it’s the only one
on the menu.

No, not carry-out,
No, not delivery,
No, not at a table,

because we’re still waiting for it
to do good for the world
like showing it can have for example,
a rescue doggy rescue
added to the menu.

Maybe then, carry-out.
Maybe then, delivery.
Maybe then, at a table.

Because we’re still waiting for it
to recognize that
its utopia by skin only
is unattainable

when its very own skin
kills another and injures more
of its very own skin.

© 2017 Marina Rundell



Flying flags not to nag
But to nag about again rising.

Flying flags not to snag,
But to snag about statues legitimizing.

Flying flags not to tag
but to tag into ropes for tying.

Flying flags not to brag
But to brag about hail-ing.

Flying flags not to drag
But to drag on mud while hateler-ing 

© 2017 Marina Rundell


“Language brings with it an identity and a culture, or at least the perception of it. A shared language says, ‘We’re the same.’ A language barrier says, ‘We’re different.’ The architects of apartheid understood this. Part of the effort to divide black people was to make sure we were separated not just physically but by language as well. In the Bantu schools, children were only taught in their home language. Zulu kids learned in Zulu. Tswana kids learned in Tswana. Because of this, we’d fall into the trap the government had set for us and fight among ourselves, believing that we were different.”

“The great thing about language is that you can just as easily use it to do the opposite: convince people that they are the same. Racism teaches us that we are different because of the color of our skin. But because racism is stupid, it’s easily tricked. If you’re a racist and you meet someone who doesn’t look like you, the fact that he can’t speak like you reinforces your racist preconceptions: He’s different, less intelligent. A brilliant scientist can come over the border from Mexico to live in America, but if he speaks in broken English, people say, ‘Eh, I don’t trust this guy.’”

“‘But he’s a scientist.’”

“‘In Mexican science, maybe. I don’t trust him.’”

“However, if the person who doesn’t look like you speaks like you, your brain short-circuits because your racism program has none of those instructions in the code. ‘Wait, wait,’ your mind says, ‘the racism code says if he doesn’t look like me he isn’t like me, but the language code says if he speaks like me he…is like me? Something is off here. I can’t figure this out.’”

“I became a chameleon. My color didn’t change, but I could change your perception of my color. If you spoke to me in Zulu, I replied to you in Zulu. If you spoke to me in Tswana, I replied to you in Tswana. Maybe I didn’t look like you, but if I spoke like you, I was you.”

- Born A Crime, Stories From A South African Childhood, Trevor Noah


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