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Bigger than Rangzen

Source: Drifts & Drafts
A little ditty I recorded, inspired and based off of Dead Prez’s “Hip Hop”.

Lyrics:

uh, uh, chig, nyi, chig, nyi, uh, one, two, one, two, uh

uh, uh, chig, nyi, chig, nyi, uh, one, two, one, two, uh
Uh, one, two, one, two, uh, chig, nyi, chig, nyi

It’s bigger than rang zen, rang zen, rang zen, rang
It’s bigger than rang zen, rang zen, rang zen, rang zen

Uh, one thing ’bout bhoepas
Need to look beneath the flames
Monks and nuns giving up the game
I know better than that
Young boys see red they see the crack
Can’t wave a flag
Getting tracked for talking back
Can’t move or they react
It’s all a trap you’re just a rat
Past high peaks and up pure clouds
Big blue sky but they marred with doubts
Occupation in their minds
Strangers lost in their own homelands
On top of the world
Swept up in a glacial flow
What remains is bought and sold
Everything else is put on hold
In the real world (world)
It’s bigger than all those cell phone pictures
When nomads lose their pastures
And their culture’s decimated
If you check your head
Their word of advice to you is just relax
Can’t fret or frown or ask
Fill heads with “emotional facts”.
If you a fighter, rider, lighter, tsampa eater, truth seeker,
Or you wanna live free
We gotta show it
But then if you a la rey – la rey, kha tong pa
Wolf-cry agent with an agenda
We gon’ know it when we hear it

It’s bigger than rang zen, rang zen, rang zen, rang
It’s bigger than rang zen, rang zen, rang zen, rang zen

Panchen Lama, Dhondup Wangchen
Until they free
We all on the hook
Talking ’bout the middle way
We still playing by the book
Stop and think y’all
All us Tibs gotta be real
Not just spinning our prayer wheel
Thinking salvation
Fixing our karma
’cause it don’t
Tulkus get a little bit of love and think they hot
Talkin’ ’bout all that wisdom they got
I’m sick of that, self-centred devotion
Om mani padme hum — just another perfume
All blinged out shrine room,
Emptiness personified
We be hypocrisy
Arguing ’bout Bhoepa tsangma but can’t you see?
You can try talking Tibetan
Struggle completely forgotten
You would rather have material bliss or justice?
Create superficial crises
set up factions or Freedom?
Not hating, I’m just trying to educate
We gotta stay awake
This real rangzen, and it don’t stop
’til we set them Chinese mofos straight

It’s all about…
Rang zen, rang zen, rang zen, rang

It’s bigger than rang zen, rang zen, rang zen, rang (x3)

Dhue soom dhue soom, lue ngaagh yid soom
Thap tsoe ma pang, thap soe ma pang (x3)

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