"Lay Down (Ballad Of Rigoberto Alpizar)" as written by and Binns....
I can't say I feel sorry
I can't say if I am sad
Showed up for work Miami airport
Like any God-fearing man

We all like to bear witness
And believe what we see is true
But I was there to protect the freedom shared
By the privileged likes of you

Let my eye be the jury and the judgment
Let my gun be the one to set the score

You will lay down, you will lay down
You will lay down you've been warned
You will lay down, you will lay down
You're guilty for being born

Don't look at me for any answers
Just like you I am confused
I took the life of Rigoberto Alpizar
'Cause I'm just trained to follow through

Let my heart be the part by which you judge me
Like the sun in everyone it is pure


This is freedom, this is freedom
Do you want more


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    General CommentFrom a news article:

    “When I think of politics or what politics has become, it’s so far from anything you can actually do in terms of songs. For me, if I bring up an issue that could be seen as political, I’m bringing it up for the reason that I see some kind of human element in there – that’s what makes the story interesting for me,” clarifies Fisher from British Columbia. “I’ve never thought that music in itself could change policy or it could really sway people – really, you’re preaching to the choir when you’re writing a song that has a political bent.

    “But, if you go after the human element of it – like [the song] “Lay Down (Ballad of Roberto Alpizar.” It doesn’t really take a side, it just says that maybe this passed, and there should’ve been some more discussion,” he continues when speaking of the song that tells the tale of a man who was murdered by an air marshal in a Miami Airport. “Maybe it wasn’t about right or wrong, maybe it’s about the greater picture – maybe it’s about democracy and human lives and how we treat people with mental disabilities. There’s a million different ways you could go, so I think the important thing is to tell the story and try to open up a different perspective. I don’t think songs as political statements really work.”

    knujon April 18, 2008   Link

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