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part 1 of riff 109 bpm
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part 2 of riff (includes pickup to part 1) 109 bpm
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If simplification desired (basic major/minor)

each main riff repeat
G#m | | C# | D#m |

transition into chorus
G#m | | C# | D#m E# |
                 ^ enharmonic with F

each chorus section
A#m | D# | x4

^ may be easiest with capo 4, transpose down 4 half-steps (first chord Em)
  alternatively, capo 1, transpose down 1 half-step (first chord Am - all chords with removed sharps)


ORDER: I V1 C1 V2 C2 INT1 V3 C3 C4 B INT2 V4 C5 V5 FC


[INTRO]
n.c. | |

(keyboard shapes to be repeated)
e|-11----------------------11----11-------------9--|----9--9-----6-----6-----9--------6--------------|
B|-12----------12----------12----12-12----------7--|----7--7-----7-----7-----7--------7--------------|
G|-11----------11----------11----11-11-------------|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------13-------------------13----------8--|----8--8-----------------8-----------------------|
A|-11----------11----------11----11-11-------------|-------------6-----6--------------6--------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------|
   1  e  +  a  2  e  +  a  3  e  +  a  4  e  +  a    1  e  +  a  2  e  +  a  3  e  +  a  4  e  +  a
   G#m7                                         D#m7

e|-6-----------------------6--------------------4--|----4--4-----1-----1--4-----4--4--1--------------|
B|-7-----------7-----------7--------7-----------2--|----2--2-----2-----2--2-----2--2--2--------------|
G|-8-----------8-----------8--------8--------------|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------9--------------------9-----------3--|----3--3--------------3-----3--3-----------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|-------------1-----1--------------1--------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------|
   1  e  +  a  2  e  +  a  3  e  +  a  4  e  +  a    1  e  +  a  2  e  +  a  3  e  +  a  4  e  +  a
   Bmaj7                                        A#m7                                              G#m7

(continue keyboard shapes)
( G#m7 )      G#9sus4 | G#9sus4   Bmaj7/C# |
( Bmaj7/C# )  D#9sus4 | D#9sus4            |

(add rhythm guitar)
( G#m7 )      G#9sus4 | G#9sus4   C#9sus4  |
 C#9sus4      D#9sus4 | D#9sus4            |

( G#m7 )      G#9sus4 | G#9sus4   C#9sus4  |
 C#9sus4      D#9sus4 | D#9sus4            |


[VERSE 1]
       G#m7
 People    of the world wherever you be,
        G#9sus4
 welcome       to Cosmic YOUniversity.
           C#9sus4
 Where life       is the journey and love is the trip
         D#9sus4
 And the stu  -  dy of them will make you hip.
        G#m7
 I'm professor of the rap and when I speak
         G#9sus4
 I guarantee    that my lines will not be weak.
            C#9sus4
 They say a mind   is a terrible thing to waste.
                D#9sus4
 That's why I'm here   and on the case.

         G#m7
 Rapping up  every mind with a special degree
        G#9sus4
 In socio   -   psycholo-G.B.E.
          C#9sus4
 The Gary Byrd   Experience is my course.
          D#9sus4
 When you take   my class, you will feel the force.
         G#m7
'Cause I know the roots that the rap is from.
        G#9sus4
 When I speak  to you I am not dumb.
 C#9sus4
 Hear   my rap and begin to dance
       D#9sus4
 and I pro  -  mise you this: you will advance.

              G#m7
 You may have seen the Raiders of the Lost Ark,
         G#9sus4
 but you still  left the theatre in the dark.
              C#9sus4
 So clap your hands  to the beat as the Wondersound
         D#9sus4             E#7sus2
 And the G.     B.  E. shine on     the crown.


[CHORUS 1]
A#m7                     D#6
      You wear the crown,
A#m7                     D#6
      I wear the crown.
A#m7                 D#6
      So proud to say   that we all
      A#m7                D#6
      wear the crown, the crown.


[VERSE 2]
       G#m7
I said once upon a time in Alkebu
          G#9sus4
Lived the kings  and queens who looked like you.
         C#9sus4
It was a land   of sun with a golden shine,
  D#9sus4
A place that once was yours and mine.
G#m7
Home of a-many great dynasties
       G#9sus4
Who crea   -   ted science and astronomy.
          C#9sus4
Where the Ro  -  mans came to study math
        D#9sus4
And the Greeks found out about the path.

   G#m7
In case you wonder what else they did,
        G#9sus4
The Alkebu  -  lans created the pyramids.
      C#9sus4
And before   Napoleon could even blink,
       D#9sus4
In Alkebu     there stood a giant sphinx.
G#m7
Some say they came from outer space,
        G#9sus4
But they       are a part of the human race.
       C#9sus4
If you know   the place where they can be found
    D#9sus4                   E#7sus2
You may    be the one who can wear   the crown.


[CHORUS 2]
A#m7                     D#6
      You wear the crown,
A#m7                     D#6
      I wear the crown.
A#m7                 D#6
      So proud to say   that we all
      A#m7                D#6
      wear the crown, the crown.

A#m7                     D#6
      I wear the crown,
A#m7                     D#6
      you wear the crown.
A#m7                 D#6
      So proud to say   that we all
      A#m7                D#6
      wear the crown, Get down!


[INTERLUDE 1]
( G#m7 )     G#9sus4 | G#9sus4   C#9sus4 |
( C#9sus4 )  D#9sus4 | D#9sus4           |
                            We wear the crown

( G#m7 )     G#9sus4 | G#9sus4   C#9sus4 |
                            we wear the crown
( C#9sus4 )  D#9sus4 | D#9sus4           |


[VERSE 3]
         G#m7
 Not the greatest dancer with the baddest shoe,
         G#9sus4
 Not the slic - kest rapper that you ever knew
      C#9sus4
 have worn   the crown though they wanted to
             D#9sus4
 And they'll want   to until they die.
       G#m7
 Not a man of science with a PHD.,
       G#9sus4
 Not a la  -  dy of law, master's degree
      C#9sus4
 Will wear   the crown unless they can see
    D#9sus4
 A unique  reality.

          G#m7
 You see, when you say you wear the crown
          G#9sus4
 You make sure   you know it is profound.
    C#9sus4
 In case   it sounds like a mystery
       D#sus4
 I'm a-tal - king about our story.
        G#m7
 It can make Agamemnon nodd to you,
        G#9sus4
 It can make   Nefertiti beckon you.
          C#9sus4
 With the crown  you will begin to glow
          D#9sus4
 When its se  -  cret you begin to know.

      G#m7
 Next time you feel like you're in a rut
    G#9sus4
 Go see    the mighty kingdom of King Tut.
       C#9sus4
 It'll blow   your mind, no doubt, it's true
              D#9sus4
'Cause, guess what,  King Tut looks just like you.
          G#m7
 You were Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile.
     G#9sus4
 The sun    would wink when it saw your smile.
              C#9sus4
 You were the Han  -  nibal of the history book
         D#9sus4
 And the Earth  would tremble at your very look.

              G#m7
 You were the builders of the pyramids,
              G#9sus4
 You were the face   upon the sphinx.
     C#9sus4
 You rode   on the Nile in grace and style.
             D#9sus4
 Look at yourself   today and think.
         G#m7
 See the hieroglyphics upon the wall;
             G#9sus4
 like the dan   -   cers on the floor they will not fall.
        C#9sus4
 If you take   one look, it will astound
          D#9sus4             D#/E#           E#7sus2
 And then you    will see who wears the crown.


[CHORUS 3]
A#m7                     D#6
      You wear the crown,
A#m7                     D#6
      I wear the crown.
A#m7                 D#6
      So proud to say   that we all
      A#m7                D#6
      wear the crown, the crown.

A#m7                     D#6
      I wear the crown,
A#m7                     D#6
      you wear the crown.
A#m7                 D#6
      So proud to say   that we all
      A#m7                D#6
      wear the crown, Get down!


[CHORUS 4]
(guitar/drums/vox only)

A#m7                     D#6
      You wear the crown,
A#m7                     D#6
      I wear the crown.
A#m7                 D#6
      So proud to say   that we all
      A#m7                D#6
      wear the crown, the crown.

A#m7                     D#6
      I wear the crown,
A#m7                     D#6
      you wear the crown.
A#m7                 D#6
      So proud to say   that we all
               (bass in)
      A#m7                D#6
      wear the crown, Get down!


[BRIDGE]
           A#m7                             D#6
I do recall    so very well, when I was just   a little boy.
             A#m7                                D#6
I used to hur  -  ry home from school, I used to al - ways feel so blue
              A#m7                               D#6                       A#m7 D#6
Because there was no mention in the books we read   about my heritage.

              A#m7                          D#6
So therefore a  -  ny information that I got   was education.
           A#m7                             D#6
Bums, hobos    at depot stations, I would li - sten with much patience
      A#m7                                     D#6                         A#m7 D#6
Or to re - latives who told the tales that they   were told to pass ahead.

                    A#m7                               D#6
Ah, but then one day    from someone old, I heard a sto - ry never told
               A#m7                            D#6
Of all the king  -  doms of my people and then how we fought for freedom.
     A#m7                             D#6
All about the many things we have unto   the world contributed...
A#m7 D#6
        You wear the crown.


[INTERLUDE 2]
( G#m7 )     G#9sus4 | G#9sus4   C#9sus4 |
( C#9sus4 )  D#9sus4 | D#9sus4           |
                            We wear the crown

( G#m7 )     G#9sus4 | G#9sus4   C#9sus4 |
                            we wear the crown
( C#9sus4 )  D#9sus4 | D#9sus4           |


[VERSE 4]
         G#m7
It's not Star Wars, it's not Superman,
             G#9sus4
It's not the sto  -  ry of the Ku-Klux-Klan.
          C#9sus4
The crown will   appear in the G.B.E.,
         D#9sus4
But it's ne  -  ver seen on your TV.
        G#m7
It's in black and white in your gold mine,
     G#9sus4
A picture   so old it defies time.
C#9sus4
A   -   lex Haley drew it in his book
          D#9sus4
It's what Kun  -  ta kept in his other foot.

     G#m7
Ghana    Songhay and old Mali,
             G#9sus4
They are the roots  of your own family tree.
    C#9sus4
Kingdom    so vast and knowledge wise
       D#9sus4
They removed  cataracts from human eyes.
    G#m7
And yet today, some refuse to see
    G#9sus4
and live   in fear of their discovery.
       C#9sus4
Now in four - teen-hundred and ninety-two
  D#9sus4
Colum  -  bus sailed the ocean - true.

    G#m7
But years before in Alkebu,
      G#9sus4
A ship       set sail with a chocolate crew.
    C#9sus4
Two thou - sand years before Columbo came,
      D#9sus4
The Olmecs   built tributes to their fame.
      G#m7
Stone heads with faces eight feet high
         G#9sus4
that the Hulk   could not lift to his thigh.
           C#9sus4
Though the facts  historians avoid
      D#9sus4
First to     arrive was the Africoid.

       G#m7
It may shock the House and Shockley too
              G#9sus4
And if you're not    prepared, it may shock you.
      C#9sus4
While some   had doubts that the world was round
    D#9sus4                E#7sus2
In Ame  -  rica, guess who wore   the crown?


[CHORUS 5]
A#m7                     D#6
      You wear the crown,
A#m7                     D#6
      I wear the crown.
A#m7                 D#6
      So proud to say   that we all
      A#m7                D#6
      wear the crown, Get down!


[VERSE 5]
         G#m7
When you wear the crown you will not need
   G#9sus4
to smoke, to coke, to dust, or speed.
         C#9sus4
With the crown, you can become the high
    D#9sus4
And you    will make it if you try.
              G#m7
But don't you ever forget what it will take;
   G#9sus4
to wear   the crown you cannot fake.
          C#9sus4
If you're gon  -  na lead, you gotta be a king
    D#9sus4
And give   the world your everything.

   G#m7
Or be  a man like Malcolm X
      G#9sus4
And demand   for all the very best,
      C#9sus4
Or conduct   a railroad like Harriet;
   D#9sus4
We all    owe her a lifetime debt.
          G#m7
If you're gon - na fight, don't do it free,
         G#9sus4
make 'em pay    to see just like Ali.
   C#9sus4
Or sing   like Ella and make them guess
      D#9sus4
Is it you    or is it Memorex?

       G#m7
If you play a sport, become number one
     G#9sus4
like Joe    Louis and Jackie Robinson.
     C#9sus4
Make Doc - tor J. your shining star
      D#9sus4
Shoot like   Magic, dunk with Jabbar.
      G#m7
Or if you can write, then write some books
     G#9sus4
like Lang - ston Hughes or our Ms. Brooks.
       C#9sus4
If you think  you're smart, don't deceive us,
      D#9sus4
Be an Im  -  hotep, be a genius.

          G#m7
And don't let anybody confuse the fact.
          G#9sus4
You don't wear   the crown just because you're black.
     C#9sus4
Everybo  -  dy in the world has a crown in place
       D#9sus4
That becomes  their culture and their face.
    G#m7
And so  it is, we will not deny
    G#9sus4
Our hi  -  story or buy the lie.
   C#9sus4
We have   no claim to be renowned
     D#9sus4              E#7sus2
When we     were first to wear   the crown.


[FINAL CHORUS]
A#m7                     D#6
      You wear the crown,
A#m7                     D#6
      I wear the crown.
A#m7                 D#6
      So proud to say   that we all
      A#m7                D#6
      wear the crown, the crown.

A#m7                     D#6
      I wear the crown,
A#m7                     D#6
      you wear the crown.
A#m7                 D#6
      So proud to say   that we all
      A#m7                D#6
      wear the crown, Get down!

(repeat to fade)

            
            
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