When they broke down the door
and put their guns in the face of your wife and child
and as they pinned you to the floor
did you say "officer, i am not resisting you. " ?

American Justice american dream
is this what ' the other half ' means
half of our lives dissolved in fear
half of our rights they disappear
is our apathy so corrosive
where does the cycle start
hear the sirens screaming out in the distance
hold your family close to your heart

American Justice American Lies
a war of words that I despise
I wish the good cops If they exist
the very best
and a bullet for all the

complications injustice deliberations what's the deal
they fake it, we break it, and take back what they steal
we could rise black and white unbound and make them pay
for every tear, for every fear, defend our yesterdays

when they dropped the bomb on the building to kill a MOVEment
did they care where the rights of the murdered went
police terror in the eyes of the children
police terror in the streets of every town
where's our freedom when the sun goes down
and will the houses that the landlords built keep out the bullet sound

American Justice American Lies
a racist prison
I wish the good cops If they exist
the very best
and a bullet for all the . . .

so we try
to defend

defend our yesterdays , defend our tomorrows

Lyrics submitted by Va22nessa

Sunset On 32rd song meanings
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    General Commentwell i see theres a little argument over the story. heres an excerpt taken from an interview with Thomas. "Sunset on 32nd was written about my neighbor ,who was bringing home groceries for his wife and children on the handlebars of his bicycle, when a racial profiling police dragnet chased him into his home and beat him before the arrest, brandishing guns in front of his wife and infant daughter,and breaking the door of their apartment. They took him to the hospital in order to have him cleaned up before they released him from the station, and later, the whole family was forced to move North into public housing because their landlord evicted them due to the broken door. Me and my wife watched the family disintegrate and separate, weighted as they become by poverty and injury, and violated by our racist legal and economic system. We tried our best to help them financially with our small salaries as artists and warehouse workers, and even Jade Tree gave me an advance on my royalty to aid them. None of this mattered to our grief and frustration, as the ghetto ate their hope and cohesion, separating the Mother and Father, and eventually separating the two young sisters, sending them into foster care. That's actually still sort of hard to write or talk about. "

    That's so harsh. It's fucked up how some police become police so they can get away with shit like this.
    bouncing_jon April 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentname of this song is actually Sunset on 32nd Street...amazing lyrics none the less.
    boxfoon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah, get the name right. The point is obvious. There are certain things about this nation that are totally messed up, and the issues need to be addressed. God I love this band....go figure.
    xStrikexAnywherexon April 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell this song is about how cops abuse there power and discriminate against people for being different.. take nick raccino for example.. he got beat up by a cop.. just because he likes it an
    uglyon April 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSorry, the correction has been made.
    Va22nessaon April 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSorry, the correction has been made.
    Va22nessaon April 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGod man, this song is the best Strike Anywhere's ever done, besides *Earthbound*....i saw this band with the Bouncing Souls,The Pietasters, and The Arsons, and them and the Bouncing Souls wer amazing....Strike Anywhere-amazingly-haz even more energy than the Bouncing Souls - no joke dude. fuck police brutality!
    NeuroticECFUon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentok yeah this is a great song and all but does anyone actually care to find out what exactly happend on 32nd Street? does anyone know? or heard any stories? obviously is about cops and shit, but does anyone know the actual story?
    angelsDIEon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentACTUALLY! This song is about an experiance thomas(lead singer) had when he saw his neighbour took out of his home and beaten by the police infront of his family. harsh Isn't it! S.A is fucking amazing. I've seen them twice now! once with anti-flag and twice with good riddance! this band dosnt get enuf credit! they are one of the best.
    Strike_anywhereon July 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThomas is God! The Lyrics Are Fucking Awesome! This Band Is going to be so fucking big, just wait and see!!!!!
    Sunset_on_32ndon July 06, 2002   Link

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