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oh how we laughed
when king con came to town
he pointed up and sold ’em down

he said, “i fight for freedom,
so you can whine and break the rules,
and shout the ugly things you think.
un-civil rights for fools!”
it was news! news! news!

what you say
ain’t no way
to behave
believe me

a cardboard paradise
afloat in kerosene
a spark revealed the price
of his fever dream

salvation slept through tuesday
and friday starts the slide
he brings fear and spite
says “i’ll fight for the rights
of white men and their pride.”

what you say
ain’t no way
to behave
believe me

you have to search for silver linings
when the storm clouds come
yes, the system failed,
but it’s the end of playing dumb
on the way to twenty-twenty
pain and loss will make it clear:
resentment’s just slow suicide,
hate a mask for fear.
maybe we can all join hands
and make this fear our friend
by pushing up a starting line,
‘stead of speeding up the end

no one is laughing
when king con takes his throne
this bitter thin-skinned cheat
and a world all his own

as the four horsemen mount their steeds
on a cockroach king con rides
‘your souls’ he bleats
‘are just coals to heat
the meat i’ll strip from your hides’

what you say
ain’t no way
to behave
believe me