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Tis of Thee


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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

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