Wake up
From under all this trash
Peel away your mask from the myths of sin
Pisstaken isolation
Men mistaken for
Buried in the sound
For all who turned around
You struck as the boots wen up the stair
You didn't care
We're knocking like heartbeats
On the skyscraper door
Windows breaking with music can you feel it through the floor?
We're one
Don't misunderstand
This future, not chaos is what we demand
This is the one shot one life to see it through
I want to
Speak for justice when she can't speak for us anymore no borders in our hearts
She can't speak yet we are the damned and poor
Speak for good ones buried before their time
Mural the bank wall teach in the rhyme in red and black
Because we're all coming back

We're knocking like heartbeats on the skyscraper door
Windows breaking with music can you feel it through the floor?

We're one
Don't misunderstand
This future, not chaos is what we demand
This is the one shot
One life to see it through

I want to
Free our world from the trap between the walls
Tear up the stage walk out
And into the sun and the waves and feel them
Crashing over drowning out


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South Central Beach Party song meanings
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    General CommentQuoting Thomas Barnett:

    That's me singing a song in a garage with helicopters rattling overhead, and seeing racial-profiling dragnets pull people over and constantly hassle people of color. ... It's about the access of the natural world and places of peace for people of different classes. Why rich people get to live and see beauty and why working class and poor folks just get to live in a maze of concrete and steel and barred windows. It's about how people can talk about bootstraps and personal responsibly when people are kept in these urban corrals, with such limited options. It's very difficult. So, "South Central Beach Party" is about the neighborhood where there's two King riots – Dr. [Martin Luther] King and Rodney King – passing by on the streets. What is the nature of rebellion? When one piece of history calls it a riot and the other piece of history that you never read calls it something organized. It's the exclamation point at the end of a long story about one people's oppression. It's the happiest song we've probably ever written [laughs]. It's about recognizing the twists of history and people needing to let it out and reorganize and take apart the things that are oppressing them and be a part of the world again.
    StrikeAgainstRiseAnywhereon October 25, 2009   Link

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