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I am capturing the flag of my neighbor's disposition
I am riding on the CTA
I am smiling in the bilingual embrace
Come on take to the hood where the smoke is happening
Fledgling with a lower cigarette
Fledgling in the cool night air
Step into the bubble now
Look who got in
Look who got in trouble now

I am capturing the flag of my neighbor's post-collective
Which is churning like a tidal wave
I cower at the sight of it
I duck and shrug and feel a small giddiness inside
A nervous laughter
At the crazy idea
That I just might mount that tidal wave
And ride it like a beach boy
All the way to shore

White people, age of wonder
I love you, I love you
Catching the nigger by the toe
Finding the nigger in your soul


from Hymnal for the First Church of the Secular Society, released November 2, 2020
music & lyrics: Lloyd Brodnax King
cover art: Oli Watt


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Lloyd Brodnax King Chicago, Illinois

Studied flute with Marcel Moyse and James Moody. Recorded Lloyd Brodnax King Trio live at DePaul with Fareed Haque and Larry Gray. Won an NEA fellowship in composition. Won a Jeff. Recorded with Poi Dog Pondering. Created The Obscure News podcast and the Dishwater Gray Playlist. Currently a prof at Lake Forest College and performing with Funkadesi, Sun Ensemble, and Michael J. Miles. ... more

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