Black Teenagers

by Leeroy Stagger

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This is the type of song I wish I didn’t have to write.

The truth is I don’t have much control over what comes my way as far as songs go. I try to follow where the muse guides me, I try to be an open conduit to what energy is flying around the room. This song is pretty explanatory of how I was feeling when the song made its way to paper.

The truth is I don’t really know what to do other than show up in the only ways I know how. Writing songs, showing up to protests. I have little kids, I want them to witness what is happening in the world we live in, I don’t want them growing up with the same racial biases I grew up with.

BUT nothing will change without action. I want my kids to understand that it is important to show up. To have a voice but to not drown out those that need to be heard the most. It’s a fine line. I’m not comfortable walking it and that’s the truth. Sometimes the important things in life are uncomfortable. My white fragility, my white guilt is a real thing. I sit with it, I listen and try to understand my part in it all. I don’t have any answers but I want to help.

What I will not do is sit back and do nothing. I’ve heard these stories from my friends, from my colleagues and community members. We need reform, we need change, we need to come together NOW.

It’s not about guilt, it’s about honesty and truth and the willingness to change.

Recorded live, first take on one mic. Letting the energy flow through.

All proceeds from ‘Black Teenagers’ will be donated to SAGE Clan in Lethbridge. ‘SAGE is a community patrol that specializes in helping homeless and those suffering from addiction. We primarily patrol at nights and provide lunches, snacks, water, and a person to talk to. People of all walks of life and abilities are welcome.’

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released June 19, 2020

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Leeroy Stagger

Leeroy Stagger is an award winning singer songwriter and Producer from Victoria B.C Canada. He has toured and played with artists such as Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, Drive By Truckers, Josh Ritter and more.

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