Lady Liberty, come down and plea to me
I want nothing to do with your crazy world
Broken promises, those poor noises
are bringin' it by the time for all the famine and the law
From the conscious to the ozarks to shouted sandinista


Lady Liberty, come down and plea to me
You had me to believe that the streets are paved in gold
Storming _ west, then the cold hits
Then I come to find that the streets aren't paved at all
From the conscious to the ozarks to shouted sandinista
From the conscious to the ozarks to shouted sandinista


From the Kremlin to Afghanistan to the forgotten ones
She offers it confusion to distraught refugees
In the fields of poison ivy, through the famine and disease
You bled my loyalty


Lady Liberty, come down and plea to me
You had me to believe that the streets are paved in gold
All you tell me not to worry
About the short comings of lives and the high cost of living
From the conscious to the ozarks to shouted sandinista
From the conscious to the ozarks to shouted sandinista
Shouted sandinista


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    General Commentthis songs alright i like the chours
    badreligionpigeonon July 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI can't say that I completely understand what the song was written about like- From the conscious to the ozarks to shouted sandinista
    But I definately love this song and I feel the same way--
    Lady Liberty, come down and plea to me
    You had me to believe that the streets are paved in gold
    All you tell me not to worry
    About the short comings of lives and the high cost of living
    I actually wrote a poem that is along those lines.
    Good Song!
    lyrastaron March 31, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems to be about america because it's so exagerated. "you want me to beleive that the streets are paved in gold" probably means that this is how people in these third world countries see us but it isn't really true. it actually costs money to live here in the land of the free where if you were homeless anywhere else you could just do your own thing and not be hasseled i guess. does anyone know what sandinista means? because it's the title of a clash album and it's in this song so maybe there's a connection there
    ryan_horstmanon June 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commentryan...good call. i'm not so sure what an ozark or what sandinista is either...but i looked up ozark on dictionary.com and it gave me a couple real small towns in the U.S....like really small towns. so maybe it's saying the conscious, as in people knowing what's going on in the world, to the ozarks, as in the people that don't...now, what the fuck is sandinista?
    sXeNiGhTMaREsXeon June 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe "sandinistas" are a group of people who led some kind of rebel political movement against the government in US ocupied Nicaragua. I think. Maybe I have it wrong. Who knows.
    skacore_dudeon October 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentskacore_dude is right

    "The Sandinistas, named after Nicaraguan resistance leader Cesar Augusto Sandina, was set up in 1962 by Carlos Fonseca Amador, Silvio Mayorga and Tomas Borge. For the last seven years they have waged a civil war against the Somoza government."

    i think hes just talkin bout how the us government says its working for peace and "freedom" but they dont

    if u want me to elaborate further just say so and i will
    againstyouandmeon March 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAre those lyrics from the albumn sleeve? 'Cause I always assumed that the lyric was "the upstarts who shouted sandinistas", which would refer to the Clash, and their rebellious punk attitude.
    benmuzzon May 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthere are no lyrics in the album sleeve.

    this song is amazing, as are most songs on Life Won't Wait, but the pain and humility of Lars' voice fits perfectly with the lyrics and the music.
    BlackLungFeveron August 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthese lyrics are not completly correct, , either way the Sandinistas are (vaugly) a liberal political party that ruled Nicaragua for like 10 years aposed by a us backed dictatorship, plus im positive that it does not say "From the conscious" but "from the contras" and not "Storming _ west" but "storming terrorists" because the contras were the opponents of the Sandinista and considered terrorists by them, n-e way in black and white its like us bitches about freedom but backs dictatorship, "lady liberty come down and bleed on me (or plea to me) i like to sing bleed on me, i want nothing to do with your crazy world" rancid once again, great shit
    whodoesntwannarioton October 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the American dream and how people from all around the world want to move to the USA to live a better, richer and fuller life. You might compare it to the poem Emma Lazarus wrote in 1883 and which can be seen on a plaque on the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch,
    whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning,
    and her name Mother of Exiles.
    From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome;
    her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!"
    cries she with silent lips.
    "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
    It refers to the United States being a nation of immigrants and promises a new and better life to the poor and persecuted. This of course is pure glorification of what is actually to be found in the USA.

    So I think Rancid refer to this poem when they sing about “broken promises” and how the streets are supposedly “paved in gold”, whereas in real life they are “not paved at all”.

    Great song =)
    little_angelfckon February 20, 2006   Link

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