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I love Ray's Pizza.
Only two things more American:
Doubles from Coney Island Joe's
The Kitchen Sink at Jahn's.
I love these streetlights
And these playgrounds
And these brownstones.
The sweetest memories when I pass my childhood buddies' homes.
I love the way the little colored lights come out and shine
And paint the snowflakes as they tumble down at Christmastime.
I love my mother
And I miss her
16 months gone.
I love my photo albums
Full of friends who've passed on.
Whatever stupid moron said that change is good -
He didn't spend the last three decades in my neighborhood.
I want my city safe
A place where you can make eye contact
And be friendly.
Where death row felons can't be heard or taken seriously -
Shoot down an officer
And then cry out for sympathy.
Misguided kids make awful noises for his evil cause
And ignoring process, facts and law.
He fights to steal back freedom
But I hope he doesn't.
I know God's mercy's endless
But I wish it wasn't.
What kind of world is this where blasphemers get saved?
Where cop killers get rallies
And where faggots get parades?
I wish that Jesus would come back
And bless us, every one.
I wish Sinatra would come back
And show 'em how it's done.
But every moment pulls us further from the time when
All the red-blooded boys wanted to be policemen.
I wish these whiny yuppies
And food-stamp slobs
Would learn their place
And just shut up
And let me do my job.
I wish for Lotto luck
And pennants for the Yankees.
I wish just once
Someone would smile at me
And thank me.
For you, I risk my life.
For you, my friends have died.
You stupid motherfuckers, don't you know I'm on your side?
from Shoot The Piano Player,
released July 7, 2011
Words and music by Jed Davis
Published by Eschatonality/ASCAP
Jed Davis: vocal, piano
Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering, Brooklyn, NY