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​Not Necessarily The News

This song is by The Broadways and appears on the compilation Broken Van (2000).

Fall asleep in your TV room
Accept your poisoning
Subdued by news, cops, or slogans
So it ain't perfect but I heard this land is free

But who's so free these days? Not the children who barely eat
But you probably won't find them on the cover of Newsweek
Thrown in a sea of green, if you're rich then you'll stay afloat
Hey, I'm fucking drowning

150,000 walked the streets today
That's 150,000 good reasons to scream
But our brainwashed minds are hardened, hands
Work and die to keep America rolling

Fabricated crime stats rise, 100,000 new police
They don't care about people, just profitable prisons
Drop a bomb every now and then, build obedience, patriotism
Too bad the bombs are pointed at civilians

Just like you and me, only overseas, problems at home remain
Murder used to boost the economy
Their gleaming smiles help keep you proud
Forget, smile, bow your head down

Stop, admit that you're killing us
Who are you giving all your trust?
Breaking your back, is that what freedom really costs?
Freedom isn't begging for your food

How can you tear down the homes where we live and build condominiums?
They've got a clean up crew and the 5:00 news to reinforce it
Pulling sheets over the sheep's heads
Blame the poor, call them bums and thieves, but do you know who are the real thieves?

White upper class steal everything to maintain this class elite
They've got us seeing green
Food and clothing are not privileges, they're necessities, don't believe the TV
It's thought control brought to you by NBC