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Michael Franti

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You say you're a Christian, cause God made you, you say you're a Muslim cause God made you, you say you're a Hindu and the next man a Jew, but then we all kill each other cause God told us to? Naw!
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Hello, Bonjour, Yell Fire! (2006)

 
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