Detroit to Berlin

Marco Mello

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Yo. Feeling kinda nostalgic
Let me take you back to a place where I grew up
Detroit, Michigan circa 1996

Now let me take a walk down memory lane
Cross the Atlantic on a spiritual plane
'96 shootin' hoops in my schoolyard
Poppin threes acting like I'm Joe Dumars
The weird German kid with the love for hiphop
Used to rock tennis socks underneath my flip-flops
No one cared down at Street Corner Music
My ear got infected when the beat got into it
That Detroit influence, Slum's sound was mighty fine
Addicted by the time, that we left in ninety nine
After that I watched the struggle from afar
Years of crime and corruption left a scar
White flight, people leaving in the millions
 Cue the ruin porn and abandoned buildings 
Nature now reclaiming parts of the city
Entire houses, sold for a buck fifty
 Here's hoping that the worst is finally over now
And that Detroiters stand together even closer now
This grown-up German kid got his toes and fingers crossed
The future's bright, time to usher in the renaissance

When the night is at its darkest
Stars in the sky shine through the brightest
When the world feels cold and heartless
Man shall withstand when he stands united

When the night is at its darkest
Stars in the sky shine through the brightest
When the world feels cold and heartless
Man shall withstand when he stands united

Detroit to Berlin, Detroit to Berlin
Detroit to Berlin, Detroit to Berlin
Detroit to Berlin, Detroit to Berlin
Detroit to Berlin, Detroit to Berlin
Motown, hustlin' harder
Berlin, hustlin' harder
The D, hustlin' harder
Fresh with the hustle so we bounce back

More than 20 years later, here I am living in another city known for its resilience
Let me take you on a tour

Hop on the train up at Prenzlauer Allée
Yummy mummies sippin' on matcha lattés
The freaky deaky coming home from their soirées
Senior citizens remembering the hard days
Cuz life here wasn't always hedonistic
The scars of division still bear witness
Big business when tourists come visit
 Flying long distance for their piece of the resistance
Here to see fragments of the city's history
Where a united front defeated Stasi tyranny
Not to mention the brown-coated henchmen
Ghosts from the past that inspired reinvention
Now free expression as far as the eye can see
The first place where I feel I can just be me
Where the winters are cold and the locals ain't polite
But when the going get tough, the city's star shines bright

When the night is at its darkest
Stars in the sky shine through the brightest
When the world feels cold and heartless
Man shall withstand when he stands united

When the night is at its darkest (Darkest)
Stars in the sky shine through the brightest (Brightest)
When the world feels cold and heartless (Heartless)
Man shall withstand when he stands united (Yeah)

When the night is at its darkest (Darkest)
Stars in the sky shine through the brightest (Brightest)
When the world feels cold and heartless (Heartless)
Man shall withstand when he stands united (United)

Detroit to Berlin, Detroit to Berlin
Detroit to Berlin, Detroit to Berlin
Detroit to Berlin, Detroit to Berlin
Detroit to Berlin, Detroit to Berlin
Motown, hustlin' harder
Berlin, hustlin' harder
The D, hustlin' harder
Fresh with the hustle so we bounce back

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Written by: Marco Mello

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