Late at night when you're fast asleep,
the beasts in the badge with the jagged [seat?]
and drag you to a place you ain't asked to be,
hasslin' and harassin' me

Run!
Over fences and the benches through the slums
Run!
Jail ain't fun for the young
Run!
Past the drunks and the punks and the bums
You better run!

You better drop yo things and bounce (It's the cops!)
You better get gone or get out (It's the cops!)
They'll run up in yo house (It's the cops!)
It's the cops! (Run!)
It's the cops! (Run!)
You better drop that shit and go (It's the cops!)
They wanna know everything you know (It's the cops!)
Or they won't let you go home (It's the cops!)

And the sirens go ooh, ooh, oh oh
Ooh, ooh, oh oh. Ooooh
I hear the sirens go ooh, ooh, oh oh
Ooh, ooh, oh oh. Ooooh

Nobody's gonna hold me down, nobody's gonna hold me down
Ain't no way, ain't no how, nobody's gonna hold me down
Nobody's gonna hold me down, nobody's gonna hold me down
Ain't no way, there ain't no how, nobody's gonna hold me down

Banging on the doors at night
4 in the morning lookin for a fight
Drag you cross the floor or [fire?]
Don't go towards the lights

Run!
Over cars through yards where you're from
Run!
'Cause the cops are gonna come
You better run
You better run
You better run

You better drop yo' things and bounce (It's the cops!)
You better get gone or get out (It's the cops!)
They'll run up in yo' house (It's the cops!)
It's the cops! (Run!)
It's the cops! (Run!)
You better drop that shit and go (It's the cops!)
They wanna know everything you know (It's the cops!)
Or they won't let you go home (It's the cops!)

And the sirens go ooh, ooh, oh oh
Ooh, ooh, oh oh. Ooooh
I hear the sirens go ooh, ooh, oh oh
Ooh, ooh, oh oh. Ooooh

You better run
You better run

Somewhere, in a holding cell, it dawns on you:
Your freedom don't belong to you
Somewhere, in the city jail, it dawns on you:
Your freedom don't belong to you
Somewhere, while you're sitting there, it dawns on you:
Your freedom don't belong to you
Somewhere, in the county jail, it dawns on you:

Your freedom don't belong to you


Lyrics submitted by fatswallenberg

The Cops! song meanings
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