COPS & PUNKS

by Brian Krashpad

 

Before our signal had been interrupted

The television commentator’d said (what say?)

A wave of hatred had engulfed the nation

Ten thousand people had been left for dead

 

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Cops & punks, & blacks & whites

Homeboys get too heavy

Their own people pay the price

Cops & punks, & blacks & whites

If we don’t get together

We can kiss this thing goodbye

Cops & punks, & blacks & whites

 

The anarchists, they took the TV station

Played “Sandinista!” videos day and night (night & day)

The suburbs’ battles raged on unabated

Fought by paramilitary factions on the left and right

 

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In barrios, lowriders cruised through checkpoints

While downtown Uzis blazed and buildings burned (burn it down)

A DMZ may someday be established

Where Molotovs are thrown and cars are overturned

 

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