on the morning of the first eviction
they carried out the wishes of the landlord and his son
furniture's out on the sidewalk next to the family that little piggie went to market,
so they're kicking out everyone
talking about process and desmissal forced removal of the people
on the corner shelter and location
everybody wants somewhere
the elected are such willing partners
look who's buying all their tickets to the game
development wants, development gets
it's official
development wants this neighborhood
gone so the city just wants the same talking about process and dismissal
forced removal of the people on the corner shelter and location
everybody wants somewhere everybody watns somewhere

Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death

Cashout song meanings
Add your thoughts


sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentThis is probably the best song about eminent domain that I have ever heard. Probably my favorite on the album as well. Best lines are "Development wants, development gets, it's official, development wants this neighborhood gone so the city just wants the same"
    ratsofftoyouon September 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about real-estate development and gentrification of poor areas. A lot of people see gentrification as a positive process, but the problem is that it leaves a lot of people homeless without actually solving the problem of poverty. Perhaps more disgusting, is that the politicians that are supposed to be rallying for the impoverished are easily bribed by the real estate companies.
    DeBurgoon April 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is awesome, I love Fugazi.
    flip the tapexXon January 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with everyone else. But you're all missing something. It's specifically referencing the Verizon Center in Washington DC, where Fugazi is from. They put it in Chinatown, which used to be a very poor area. And I interpret the lyric as "Fat little piggy went to market," which I see as a reference to Ted Leonsis - owner of the Washington Capitals and Wizards.
    robtk2on June 27, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is generally about a City and the corruption it can face. It shows poverty and wealth. "Process and Dismissal" showing how forms are filled in and the public are dismissed in a second regarding their lives. It also is about how politicians become friends of development companies just for a little extra in their pocket.
    ratmsunnyon July 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard that its an anti-gentrification theme. Gentrification is where an urban middle class area is upgraded by more affluent residents.
    DonCaballeroon September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is all the more obvious in the state I live in, Florida. Around here, there are only a few homeless shelters and HUD or poorer homes, but there are TONS of richer people moving into the area. Practically every chunk of land has been demolished to build expensive (but terribly built) housing for these new people. Meanwhile, the poor are actually being forced out of their homes so that more houses can be built for the people coming in. Basically, there are very few places left for anyone that is in the lower class, and this town isn't some sort of tourism capital or retirement home.

    but don't take it from me, anyone can see the effects of gentrification (which is what I thought Ian said somewhere in the song)
    bamvolstoneon October 07, 2004   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis and life and limb are some greattttt songs. Fugazi just cant make a bad album. freedumb.8m.com
    NeonRevolutionon June 20, 2002   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top