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Funeral Song

Jake and the Infernal Machine
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Jake and the Infernal Machine playing on Sacco and Vanzetti Day (August 23, 2007) at Copley Square, Boston. Part of the 80th anniversary commemorations of the executions of Sacco and Vanzetti.


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Oh, fair city what tragedy has beset you?
what crime too profound for just one song?
if two people were the victims of your example
we all learned your lesson, we all know your wrong.

Our two workers were good workers like us all
our two immigrants came from over the sea
but our two rebels had the strength to face down fire
and fight fear itself so that we might be free

80 years is too long
80 years is too long
but we’ll keep singing this funeral song
‘til the bells ring in revolution

The politicians still lie in city hall
and the priest still raises cries of “fair heaven”
but the saddest truth of all, which will be true still this fall
nothing’s really changed since 27

They were charged with a crime they didn’t commit
but murdered for the greatest crime of them all
the ideas that they held, which got them thrown down to hell
they're the ideas by which empires will fall

80 years is too long
80 years is too long
but we’ll keep singing this funeral song
‘til the bells ring in revolution

Oh, remember old Nicola Sacco
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Oh, remember old Nicola Sacco
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti
If you pray for your freedom you’ll get none
for to pray is just a waste of your words
if you raise your voice and if you raise your fist
you could end up like them, ashes in the earth
so we must kill the state before it kills us
so we must kill the state before it kills us
so we must kill the state before it kills us
so we must kill the state before it kills us

Contributed by adriana - 2009/7/31 - 18:05



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