White people are so scared of black people They bulldoze out to the country And put up houses on little loop-dee-loop streets And while america gets its heart cut right out of its chest The Berlin wall still runs down main street Separating east side from west And nothing is stirring, not even a mouse In the boarded-up stores and the broken-down houses So they hang colorful banners off all the street lamps Just to prove they got no manners No mercy and no sense And I'm wondering what it will take For my city to rise First we admit our mistakes Then we open our eyes The ghosts of old buildings are haunting parking lots In the city of good neighbors that history forgot I remember the first time I saw someone Lying on the cold street I thought: I can't just walk past here This can't just be true But I learned by example To just keep moving my feet It's amazing the things that we all learn to do So we're led by denial like lambs to the slaughter Serving empires of style and carbonated sugar water And the old farm road's a four-lane that leads to the mall And our dreams are all guillotines waiting to fall I'm wondering what it will take For my country to rise First we admit our mistakes And then we open our eyes Or nature succumbs to one last dumb decision And america the beautiful Is just one big subdivision
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