Save A City​.​.​.

from Songs From Under The Sink by Mischief Brew

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Beware, the tide's a'rising
In the city of brotherly love
The blood-red lights were a'flashing
As the cellars rose up in a flood
And as they dragged you from the depths of mud
They beat you while you were down
Then they tossed you in jail for a hundred years
Save a city, burn it down
And that's what they said as they tore your homes to the ground

And when I was seven
In suburban heaven
The teachers and elders and police
They covered my ears so I wouldn't hear
The gunshots soar through those city streets
And if anyone questioned the liberty bomb
Or why the timers were even wound
A scolding, they'd earn
And so, we soon learned
To save a city, you burn it down
And that's what they said as they burned their homes to the ground

So many people and so many lives
So many keep silent so they can survive
Respect slaughtering cops and the politicians they laud
Or the gavels with crush down your home
And you'll be expected to applaud

So the crime was a trip to the market
The sentence, a lifetime of hurt
As she saw through tears, her home of thirty years
Reduced to rubble and dirt
And she cursed those who would approach her
And hold papers up to her face
And say, "You should feel blessed you live in the U.S.
And not some other hellish place."

So take heed if you live in the city
In a part where the tourists won't tread
And beware if you maintain resistance
And choose not to be one of the led
And if you're out in suburban gardens
Don't let them plant lies deep in your head
Cause you too could come home to no home
Or to find your family dead
Cause they got this dream of a city
Where no community unity can be found
So stand up to save your neighborhood
Fuck the city, burn it down

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from Songs From Under The Sink, released June 6, 2006

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Mischief Brew Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Emerging from the undead ashes of PA punk troupe The Orphans, Mischief Brew started with a scratchy demo tape in 2000 and has since spread the good word of anarchy, hilarity, and rebellion across state lines and even the Atlantic Ocean a few times. We've managed to exist for over 13 years in one form or another by kissing nobody's ass and doing everything ourselves, for the most part. No rules! ... more

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