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Jasper

Confrontation Camp
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Still Alive
(Matthew Mayfield)
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[2000]
Album "Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear"



Con Still Alive (alla cui introduzione si rimanda), un'altra canzone sul feroce assassinio, motivato dall'odio razziale, del cinquantenne nero James Byrd Jr. avvenuto nel 1998 a Jasper nel Texas.

Nell'ultima strofa i riferimenti ad altre vicende sanguinose improntate all'odio, dal racconto di Billie Holiday in Strange Fruit, alla strage di Oklahoma City, agli omicidi dei medici che praticano l'aborto perpetrati dai fanatici cristiani fondamentalisti...
I can't believe what I read today
A man was dragged to death down in Texas
Now I'm a big cowboy fan
But I must admit I never heard of Jasper, Texas
Until today
What year are we livin in
I guess not a whole lots changed
Down in Texas... Jasper... Texas

Another letter from your government
The other day
No, it ain't alright
Cause they snuck us in the night
A hole in the world
A little hell on earth
Disaster similar to that drag race in Jasper, uh
Like 41 times shot me cold in the back
Kidnapped by hypocrites
Who really ain't sayin shit
Sometimes I think be yo
Government doin it
You know the law got a big
Ol scrapbook of accidents

Mama what the hells goin on... down in Texas
Mama what the hells goin on...
Mama what the hells goin on...
Mama what the hells goin on... down in Texas

Me I don't give a fuck what color you are or
Where your momma come from or where your daddy lives
Or where your peoples at
So where my peoples at
Where my peoples at
Right is right and wrong is wrong
It's gonna be a long hot day down in Texas

As I escape from dem god damn jakes
United states of nigger dead mistakes
Call my ass the enemy of them snakes
Im tired of assassinations funerals and wakes

If you wanna get ready
Then get on the side of right so lets fight
Cause god is my witness it's gonna be long
Slowly the righteous shall inherit the throne

Mama what the hells goin on... down in Texas
Mama what the hells goin on...
Mama what the hells goin on...
Mama what the hells goin on... down in Texas

I'm not a vet I can't claim nam
But in my life I've seen bombz and bombz and bombz
World trade Oklahoma City government charade
Centennial park abortion clinics bombed after dark
But you know something
Strange fruit at the root of a strange tree
And you know something that stranger could have been me
In Jasper... Texas

Contributed by Bartleby - 2012/3/13 - 15:42



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