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Album: Fragrant World
Fever in the night, and the tremors come on
But it's you who'll survive, just like nobody thought
Nails turnin' red, lying cold on the bed
And now it turns out, death's not the end
She was a bone, we sharpened our teeth
A magnificent drone, was serving under our feet
You'll be making me rich, he'll throw you away
And after he's gone, oh HeLa's here to stay
Radiation makes you weak, tired okays leave your speech
The world owes more than they'll pay, in the wind I heard them say...
Ohhhhhhh Henrietta, we can live on forever...
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This song is about Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman whose cancer cells became the first line of immortal human cells. She died in 1951. When she was being treated for cervical cancer, the doctors at Johns Hopkins took tissue samples without her consent. Though her cells have been responsible for many important discoveries, her family has never seen a dime.
I think some of the lyrics listed are incorrect. Many of them are insanely difficult to make out, but here's what I can make out for the first stanza:
??? and the tremors come onBut she would survive, just like nobody thoughtNails turning red, lying cold on the bedAnd now it's no doubt (?), death's not the end
For reference, Henrietta's nails were always painted red and when her family came to claim her body, they realized how sick she must have been to let her nails get chipped, so they painted them before the funeral.
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