41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots

41 shots, and we'll take that ride
Across this bloody river to the other side
41 shots, they cut through the night
You're kneeling over his body in the vestibule
Praying for his life

Is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
Ain't no secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in your American skin

41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots

41 shots, Lena gets her son ready for school
She says now on these streets Charles
You got to understand the rules
Promise me if an officer stops you'll always be polite
Never ever run away and promise mama you'll keep your hands in sight

Cause is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in your American skin

41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots

Is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)

41 shots and we'll take that ride
Across this bloody river to the other side
41 shots my boots caked in mud
We're baptized in these waters and in each other's blood

Is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in
You can get killed just for living in
You can get killed just for living in
Your American skin

41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
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American Skin (41 Shots) song meanings
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    General CommentDiallo was shot by police officers while reaching for his wallet. They thought he had a gun. While firing many of the officers' shots hit the wall and ricoched back at the officers so they believed they were being fired upon. Its worth noting that many of the shots entered Diallo's body from the bottom (ie his feet) meaning he was laying on the ground and was still being fired upon. also worth noting that the number of rounds fired was more than the number in the officers' magazines. (they reloaded)
    massmic8on June 29, 2006   Link

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