Tea party on the capitol lawn, asking you which side you're on
Drawing battle lines in this country

We're a rich nation full of boarded homes, crowded prisons, abandoned schools
Poor folks with hard goals, rich folks with poor souls,
Undereducated and overgrown, uninsured and over-loaned
Clinging hard to what we own, trying to win the rat race

So you hate taxes on the working poor? Unless they're earmarked for the war?
Or an electric fence on the border? But not for nurses and doctors?
Priorities flipped, that's the way it looks to me, and I work hard for my money
But I don't believe in an economy that sets people up to fall

Tea party on the capitol lawn and Sarah Palin's singing along
Laughing all the way to the Pentagon

Tea party on the capitol lawn, asking you which side you're on
Drawing battle lines in this country

There's something in our world-view, something bout the lens we look through
That keeps us from building something new that works out better for more of us
It's in the crack where the levees broke, it's in the cash Goldman Sachs stole
It's in the fields of Tomatoes where the legacy of slavery roams

It's a hatred born of jealous fear, a hatred born and bred right here
Xenophobic and insecure with a deadly outcome
It's a racism that grows and thrives as religion's used to justify
An endless list of human rights denied in the name of "Liberty"

Tea party on the capitol lawn and Christian terrorists are singing along
Getting ready for the race war

Tea party on the capitol lawn, asking you which side you're on
Drawing battle lines in this country

You're saying "Immigrants should go back home", I say know the ground that you're standing on
Cuz Arizona was Mexico, and your grandparents were European
And our national heroes like Thomas Paine were immigrants when they came
And called themselves Americans, that's how it's always been

"They're taking our jobs", that's what you're told, and so that's the story-line you hold
But the people putting folks out in the cold didn't come here on foot
No, Maria and Juan didn't steal your jobs, they were outsourced by Bill and Ron
As South America's wealth was robbed by U.S. corporate policies

And when they dumping the Tea in the Boston, it was an attack against a corporation
So I don't see the connection between their story and yours
And Crispus Attucks and the Boston dead weren't fighting for a white nation
They were fighting against an occupation like the Iraq and Afghan wars

Tea party on the capitol lawn, asking you which side you're on
Battle lines are being drawn in this country


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