Tuesday, September 06, 2005

tis of thee

they caught the last poor man on a poor man's vacation
they cuffed him and they confiscated his stuff
and they dragged his black ass down to the station
and said "ok the streets are safe now.
all your pretty white children can come out to see spot run
and they came out of their houses and they looked around
but they didn't see no one.
 
and my country tis of thee
to take swings at each other on talk show tv
why don't you just go ahead and turn off the sun
'cause we'll never live long enough to
undo everything they've done to you
undo everything they've done to you
 
and above 96th street,
they're handing out smallpox blankets
so people don't freeze
the old dogs they got a new trick
it's called criminalize the symptoms
while you spread the disease
i hold on hard to something
between my teeth when i'm sleeping
and i wake up and my jaw aches
and the earth is full of earthquakes
 
and my country tis of thee
to take shots at each other on prime time tv
why don't you just go ahead and turn off the sun
'cause we'll never live long enough to
undo everything they've done to you
undo everything they've done to you
 
they caught the last poor man 
flying away in a shiny red cape
and they brought him down to the station
and they said "boy you should know better
than to try and escape"
and i ran away with the circus
'cause there's still some honest work left for bearded ladies
but it's not the same goin' town to town
since they put everyone in jail 'cept
the cleavers and the bradys
 
and my country tis of thee
to take swings at each other on talk show tv
why don't you just go ahead and turn off the sun
'cause we'll never live long enough to
undo everything they've done to you
undo everything they've done to you

By Ani DiFranco

8 Comments:

Blogger Lorena said...

great lyrics. i don't think i've heard this one. i can't wait till her next cd!!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Silly Adventures said...

lorena, i think it is from the up up up up up cd from 99. and i am on the righteousbabe mailing list and i think ani won't be touring for the next year. what pitty, but after touring for the last half a century i think she has a point. and they mentioned something about a new studio album.

12:50 AM  
Blogger Amie said...

yes nice lyrics. your font is just a bit too small i think.

2:47 AM  
Blogger Silly Adventures said...

amie, i will keep it in mind for the next song.

4:20 AM  
Blogger Liquidplastic said...

Silly this was too small for me to read, so I read it in comment mode --- powerful words. I am old, but I got to check out some of this music. My grandchildren would be ashame of me!

7:25 PM  
Blogger Silly Adventures said...

liquidplastic,
sorry about the font size. i will make up for it by putting another one of ani difranco's lyrics up later today. and what is this talk about your grandchildren being ashamed of you? i think they would be proud of you and ask you for a copy of her cds.

4:13 AM  
Blogger Liquidplastic said...

They would be ashame that I haven't checked out this music before --- that what I meant. Thanks .. I am seeing if I can find some of Ani music online.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Liquidplastic said...

Silly, I spent quite awhile listening to Ani. She sounds a little like Ricky Jones. I love Studying Stones ... I like her style and her voice.

Her music make me want to just lay back and think about nothing and everything ... somewhat soothing, but I really can't explain. Thank you for introducing her to me .. she ain't new, but I am new to her. Could be my old age!

5:13 AM  

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