She woke up to the taste of blood
heard sirens in her head
as the smell of garbage choked the streets
she thought that she was dead
buildings rose like tombstones
as she looked up in the sky
a crowd of faces gathered round
with their microphones down
then the cameras flashed her eyes

sex & violence goin’ hand in hand
everywhere you look in the promise land
commercialized, desensitized
for the almighty dollar and a piece of the pie

well did you see him on the news tonight
while you ate your dinner – God blessed
they said he raped someone
with a fist and a gun
but all you thought about
was that reporter’s chest
change the real to fantasy
flip on MTP and fade
into a video hex, with a soft porn x
then they drop the bomb
and do an ad for AIDS

I know what’s wrong
I know what’s goin’ on

(chorus)
sex & violence goin’ hand in hand
everywhere you look in the promise land
commercialized, desensitized
for the almighty dollar and a piece of the pie
sex & violence it all the same
to the corporate exec, in the money game
but can’t we tell the difference
in our little minds
from the beast in the woods
and the beast in the tie

television, fascination, cultural exploitation,
mechanical animal, graphic child,
mind control, shock generation
we’re lettin’ it all fly by

well good morning america
and welcome to the war
network jingle station identification
like a Hollywood movie score
you got your talk show freaks at 9 AM
got your soaps in the afternoon
got your cable box locked up a midnight
so your children remain immune

I know what’s wrong
I know what’s goin’ on

(chorus)


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