RC - Get Out Of My Way

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OK, so... quite the round 4 challenge, huh? I stated my personal difficulties with discussing all things political last time, so of course I'm overjoyed to be doing it again. :-/

I had more than one comment on "An Equal Start" saying that it lacked subtlety. I had never much considered subtlety a component of protest songs in general, though I can think of a few that are quite so. In response, this song is easily as subtle as a flaming bag of dog crap on your porch. Well, almost...

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Dad's gone and Mom's finally given up
Sometimes it's hard to blame 'em
I'm sure they grew up with their own dreams
'Til this place overcame 'em
I'm in the same building as they were
And very little's changed here
Except that it's even more rundown
And there's quite a bit more danger

Just get out of my way
You choke me day by day
All you offer me's decay
Crowds and drugs and fear
I gotta get out of here

The history book that they gave me
Got my momma's name inside
I guess maybe history ended
In 1995
Lights are dim, and the air is so funky
No wonder we sleep all afternoon
The few good folks who wind up here
They can't get out too soon

Just get out of my way
You choke me day by day
All you offer me's decay
Crowds and drugs and fear
I gotta get out of here

Bullies I can deal with
'Cause I know how to run
Except nobody's fast enough
For the one who's got a gun
For the one who's got a gun

Wish I could get somewhere different
This is where I'm stuck
I hear the schools across town are so much better
Apparently no one gives a fuck
I'm trying to keep the flame burning
But it's getting really hard
I thought I had a future
Maybe it's just not in the cards

Just get out of my way
You choke me day by day
All you offer me's decay
So many wasted years
I gotta get out of here

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from SpinTunes #6: Round 4, released March 12, 2013

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