Courage by the Hour

from the album Swing 'n' Swive (2010)
music and lyrics: Joseph L. Thornburg
backing vocals: Trio Dinidae

We all know what the white man wants
We sell courage by the hour
We all know what the rich man wants
We sell courage by the hour

See him driving down the street
Out of place and out of race
He is frightened, drives away
Five or six times 'round the block

Sleepy eyes and massive guns
Dangerous exotic types
What does our strange writing mean?
How could we have gone to England?

White man finds our tongue frightening
Unless he feels it down underneath

We all know what the white man wants ...

Does he have a secret death wish
Deep inside he hopes to die
We might beat him, rape him, kill him
But we are paid to lose the fight

Has no courage in his own life
Asserts himself when we suck his dick
Let him think he bends our wills
The same way he bends us over

His wedding ring is gold on my hip
His wedding ring is cold on my hip

To him, we're a convenience
Though he thinks we all jumped the fence
Gets dressed and averts his gaze
Mutters "wetback" as he pays

Guess he had some extra courage
Then goes home to the wife and kids

We all know what the white man wants ...