Beware, the tide's a'rising
in the city of brotherly love.
The blood red lights were a'flashin
as the cellars rose up in a flood.
And as they dragged you from the depths of mud, they beat you while you were down.
And then they tossed you in jail for a hundred years:
save a city, burn it down.
And that's what they said
as they tore your homes
to the ground.

And when I was seven in surburban heaven,
the teachers and elders and police...
they'd cover my ears so I wouldn't hear
the gunshots soar through those city streets.
And if anyone questioned the liberty bomb,
or why the timers were even wound,
a scolding they'd earn, and so we soon learned:
to save a city, you burn it down.
And that's what they said
as they burned their
homes to the ground.

So many people and so many lives.
So many keep silent so they can survive.
Respect
slaughtering cops and the politicians they laud,
or the gavels will crush your home
and you'll be expected to applaud.

So the crime was a trip to the market.
The sentence, a lifetime of hurt,
as she saw through tears,
her home of thirty of years
reduced to rubble and dirt.
And she cursed those who would approach her
and hold papers up to her face, and say,
"You shoulf feel blessed you live in the U.S.
and not some other hellish place"

So take heed if you live in the city
in a part where the tourists wont's tread.
And beware if you maintain resisantce
and choose not to be on eof othe led.
And if you're out in surburban gardens,
don't let them plant lies deep in your head,
'cause you too could come home to no home
or to find your family dead.

'Cause they've got this dream of a city
where no community unity can be found.
So stand up and save your neighbor hood.
Fuck the city, burn it down(x3)


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    General CommentThis is a great song, and I think it is about the MOVE 9 incident in Philedelphia. It seems to make sence, because that is Erik's home town, and many of the lines coincide with the events surrounding that conflict.
    Folk et allon February 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou're probably right about that Folk et all, I hadn't even put those two together. For those who aren't familiar with MOVE, do a wiki search for it. Amazing story of how a grassroots organization was targeted by the Philadelphia mayor and police (essentially for being outspoken about their beliefs in reverting to a more "rustic" lifestyle") and how on two separate incidences, the MOVE headquarters were invaded ending in bloodshed, and in one case was actually BOMBED by the Philadelphia PD.
    Samhainon March 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti just read up on that incident and like i live in philadeplhia so i knew something about a house being bombed by the police but i didtn know what it was..and it all makes sense and the wikipedia page even mentions that that incident is mentioned in this song. and he mentions how when it occured that they covered his ears so he couldnt hear... which i think is about how so many kids are kept ignorant and how most grow up ignorant to the world around them.
    "So the crime was a trip to the market.
    The sentence, a lifetime of hurt,
    as she saw through tears,
    her home of thirty of years
    reduced to rubble and dirt. "
    probably about someone who lived in the general are of where the incident occured and she went out to the market and came back and was just like "wtf" in simple terms... just how she was affected by somethign she wasnt even involved in but was silenced by the government.. haha idk
    skamaster2590on December 22, 2007   Link

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