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​The Vancouver National Anthem

This song is by Matthew Good and appears on the album Vancouver (2009).

Out of the alleys are needle-strewn fields
Into the sunlight that the brochures reveal
Like snakes come for rabbits and rabbits for meals
Where the ore and the axe flies

Well this is our story (stick to it) but it ain't the truth
'Cause the truth's just for liars that need an excuse
Around here love's a gangster and charity's the proof
Where God deals on Sundays under a rain burning roof

It's five blocks of universe and aliens for weeks
Like invisible ghettos of privilege and grief
And pinned up between 'em, the carrion fly
Living off skeletons of recycled lives

This is the place you find out
Well this is the way you find out

We all live downtown
Pay two-even, no parking
Live with a clown
Step over ourselves

We all live downtown
Pay in blood, no parking
Sleep on the ground
Step over ourselves

We all live downtown
We all die downtown
Step over ourselves (over ourselves)
Step over ourselves

Well this is our story (stick to it) but it ain't the truth
'Cause the truth's just for liars that need an excuse
For a King crowned a banker, the Queen crowned a noose
Like heirs to a graveyard where the dirt's always loose

It's five blocks of universe and aliens for weeks
Like invisible ghettos of privilege and grief
And pinned between 'em, the carrion fly
Picking off skeletons under a big Northern sky

This is the place you find out
Well this is the way you find out

We all live downtown
We all die downtown
Step over ourselves
Step over ourselves

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