I took a stroll on a Saturday night
It was the first spring of a new millennium
The city was feverish
Flush with Cold War successes
And stock market excesses
And I could feel it in the air
I was at the very center
Of a new civilization
So I walked a little taller and I walked proud
Because I'm an American

Suddenly swept by a crowd
They were chanting with one voice
In protest of what they saw was wrong
That's when the cops moved in
And the hammer came down
And I heard the thud
Of nightsticks meeting skulls
And I saw the blood in pools on the asphalt
And I felt the outrage
That swelled through the crowd
But I stood my crowd
Because I'm an American

What would you do
Would you hide behind your white skin
While the men in blue
Shoot innocents at random

Lyrics submitted by peggybale

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