"The Bootleg Saint" as written by and Sam Lewis Roberts....
Come make your complaint to the Bootleg Saint
He's been gone, keepin' on, keepin' on for your freedom
Black boots, brown skin he has chemical roots
He's taking back the city one sinner at a time

He'll sacrifice if you pay the price

He remembers a time when everything was alright
We had water from wine, the streets were alive
Then old Captain Industry who sold his soul at Wounded Knee
Bought himself a little property
The Saint had found his enemy

He'll sacrifice if you pay the price

The laws might sleep, but they never die
Lions for sheep - an eye for an eye

He wears a ring with the brand of a three-legged dog
His rose-coloured glasses cut through the fog

The laws might sleep but they never die
Lions for sheep, an eye for an eye

He came down on a storm cloud hard as the Amazon rain
Took him on, took him on and on
And you can pay your respects in the form of a cheque
He's taking back the city one sinner at a time
He'll sacrifice if you pay the price

The laws might sleep but they never die
Lions for sheep, an eye for an eye
The Bootleg Saint, well he walks the line
Between an everyman hero and a waste of time



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"The Bootleg Saint" as written by Sam Lewis Roberts

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    General CommentIt sounds like its about a guy who has dedicated his life to fighting "the man"
    SomePurpleGuyon July 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOl' Sam is talkin' about aboriginal people in general. Brown skin, a reference to Wounded Knee, how business and the current state affairs undermined aborginal values and now that the world is falling apart because of these conditions (global warming), he's "taking back the city one sinner at a time" when people might actually start listening again to the saint.
    Sam addresses underlying racial connotations of how much of the first nations have been corrupted with the distribution of "cheques" at the hands of Captain Industry.
    Trust me, I can analyze this song to death and bring up other references, but I'll leave this to other Sam Roberts' listeners and hopefully, they'll take the message to heart before it's too late...
    UncleAnaesthesiaon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"You can't set up some kind of a bootleg saint, so take my
    advice and cut it out. Be content with the facts
    you have, or think you have, and don't push
    anything too far–or you might get a little bit
    strange yourself." -- Robertson Davies, Fifth Business

    bootleg -- in the sense of being illicit, or in Fifth Business' case a saint not condoned by the official church. So Sam's brought the idea into the twenty first century as something to liberate us from racism and capitalist greed
    m0tton August 24, 2013   Link

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