banned in D.C. with a thousand other places to go
gonna swim across the Atlantic
cause that's the only place I can go
you, you can't hurt me
why I'm banned in D.C., D.C

we, we got ourselves
gonna sing it/gonna love it
gonna work it out to any length
don't worry no, no worry, about what the people say
we got ourselves
we gonna make it anyway
you, you can't hurt me
why I'm banned in D.C., D.C.

and if you ban us from your clubs
it's the right time
with the right mind
and if you think we really care
you won't find in my mind
ooh ooh you can't afford
to close your doors
so soon no more.

Lyrics submitted by BeautifulDisaster

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  • +2
    General Commentafter some fights at their DC shows, the BB gained a reputation for being a violent band, and were literally banned from DC, in the sense that they couldn't get shows anywhere. Most likely this was racially motivated, because in those hardcore days there were fights at nearly every hardcore show. So they said "fuck it" and moved to New York.
    Chinupon January 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn 1979 Bad Brains found themselves the subject of an unofficial ban among many Washington D.C. area clubs and performance venues The band subsequently relocated to New York City.
    JeffKaos71on April 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentin the version I have he also says "my oh my, I've let you down, on final ground, so soon no more"
    precipitateon August 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of the greatest hardcore songs ever to exist
    RancidPUNX999on January 06, 2010   Link

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