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American Skin (41 Shots)

This song is by Bruce Springsteen and appears…

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American Skin (41 Shots)
(41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots)

41 shots and we'll take that ride
'Cross this bloody river to the other side
41 shots cut through the night
You're kneeling over his body in the vestibule praying for his life.

Is it a gun ? Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet ? This is your life
It ain't no secret, it ain't no secret
No secret, my friend, you can get killed just for living in your American skin.

(41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots)

41 shots, Lena gets her son ready for school
She says : 'On these streets, Charles, you've got to understand the rules'
'If an officer stops you, promise you'll always be polite'
'And that you'll never ever run away, promise Mama you'll keep your hands in sight'.

Is it a gun ? Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet ? This is your life
It ain't no secret, it ain't no secret
No secret, my friend, you can get killed just for living in your American skin.

(41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots)

Is it a gun ? Is it a knife?
Is it in your heart ? Is it in your life?
It ain't no secret, it ain't no secret
It ain't no secret.

41 shots and we'll take that ride
'Cross this bloody river to the other side
41 shots, got my boots caked in this mud
We're baptized in these waters and in each other's blood.

Is it a gun ? Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet ? This is your life
It ain't no secret, it ain't no secret
No secret, my friend, you can get killed just for living in your
You can get killed just for living in your
You can get killed just for living in your American skin.

(41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots)

(41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots)

(41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots)

(41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots, 41 shots)

CreditsEdit

  • Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
  • Guitar: Tom Morello (2014 version only)