"Sometimes a single song on an album crystallizes the entire album’s themes and sonic ambitions, illuminating everything else around it. It becomes the pump irrigating all the other tracks with deeper meaning. And sometimes a single line within a song serves the same function on a smaller scale. “Soldier,” on Erykah Badu’s masterful 2008 album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), is that song, and the line doing double duty is, “And if you think about turning back, I got the shotgun for your back.” That’s Erykah’s shout-out to Harriet Tubman and her tack for dealing with slaves she’d helped escape, but whose fears of what freedom might mean (and cost) gave them cold feet, making them consider voluntarily returning to bondage. Those words very much resonate in the here and now."
Everybody know what this song's about
They be trying to hide the history
But they know who we are
Do you want to see
Everybody rise to the next degree?
Can be found on Erykah Badu's 2008 album 'New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)'