"This Could Be Anywhere (this Could Be Everywhere)" as written by Eric Reed Boucher, Raymond John Pepperelle, Geoffrey Lyall and Darren Henley....
Cold concrete apartments
Rise up from wet black asphalt
Below them a few carcasses
Of the long gone age of privacy

It takes a scary kind of illness
To design a place like this for pay
Downtown's an endless generic mall
Of video games and fast food chains

One by one
The little houses are bricked up and condemned
A subtle hint to move
Before the rats move in

This could be anywhere
This could be everywhere
Those new kids at school seem cool
But dad says not to talk to them
Stick to your old friends
They're not our kind
So now there's lots of fights

So many people I know
Come of age tense and bitter-eyed
Can't create so they just destroy
Let's set someone's dog on fire

Empty plastic
Culture slum suburbia
Is a war zone now
Sprouting the kinds of gangs
We thought we'd left behind

This could be anywhere
This could be everywhere
Kids at school are taking sides
Along color and uniform lines
My dad's gone and bought a gun
He says he's fed up
With crime in this town

This could be anywhere
This could be everywhere
This could be anywhere
This could be everywhere

I hope I'm gone before it explodes

I linger late at night
Waiting for the bus
No amount of neon jazz
Could hide the oozing vibes of death

My dad's a vigilante now
He's bringing home these weird-ass friends
Like the guy who fires blanks at his tv
When kojak's on
Or the guy who shows off his submachine gun
To his sixteen-year-old daughter's friends
Whose sense of pride and hope
Is being in the police reserve

This could be anywhere
This could be everywhere¡ºeverywhere

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"This Could Be Anywhere" as written by Eric Reed Boucher Darren Henley

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    General Commentthis is everywhere. hate? atrophy. frustration.
    "kids at school are taking sides
    along color and uniform lines"
    we learn at such a young age, to hate what we don't know and embrace a culture that would accept us. just for acceptance.
    daycare_abortionon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHonestly, I think this is DK's best song, and definetly some of Jello's best lyrics. His voice perfectly compliments the haunting guitars. Definetly my favorite song of theirs. Awesome.
    lexicon devilon July 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti got the mutiny on the bay version, different lyrics?
    iamtheowlon April 05, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"i'm hope i'm gone before it explodes". i can relate to that where i'm living...
    shaman_FETOon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah a lot of DK's live versions are very differant from the recordings
    Violentpacifiston March 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHeh, I love the way this song gets gradually darker and darker.
    grimeboyon April 23, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"It takes a scary kind of illness to design a place like this for pay" - i once quoted this in my English class, without acknowledging the source, and people were baffled. behind all the stingy guitars and Jello-screams, it is sadly unknown to a wide audience what a great hilarious, poetic, and emotional lyricist this man was (and maybe still is, but i lost track of his musical whereabouts)
    Heinrichon October 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentother thoughts:
    - the clash song "up in heaven (not only here)" has a similar topic, the high rise estates crammed with workers, creating unfriendly, hostile surroundings
    - "No amount of neon jazz could hide the oozing vibes of death" is a variation on the Holiday in Cambodia theme of POOR being labelled COOL too often when well-off students talk about ghetto gangster shiat. Writers like Bukowski and Kerouac also did their fare share of glamourizing poverty ... as long as there's jazz playing, the barfly can't be that suicidal.
    Heinrichon October 26, 2008   Link

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