Something About A Song

Local environmentalists, peace activists and a collection of other Earth friendly folks inspired this gentle song about hypocrisy. Dirty Streets is a song that questions progress. It focuses on our ability to protest certain things while benefiting from the very same things we protest against. From false prophets selling us a place in heaven for a $100 donation to the battered lives of the innocent we sit back with our opinions while trees fall all around us and children become wiser to violence through war toys and computer games. Dirty Streets is an environmentally friendly song that boldly asks: Where did you get all of your pretty things?

Dirty Streets

Sidewalks crowd for bargaining these city streets
gum wrappers fly and coppers keep the beat
this ugly joke that Jesus played on thee
upon a crucifix
a rolex on his wrist.

Oh, where'd you get those pretty things
that laquered shine
those colored strings
tell me what does progress mean
dirty streets and songs to sing.

Donald graduated from the seventh grade
all summer long he worked until he saved
enough to buy himself a hand grenade
down in the toy department
they got a great assortment.

Where'd you get those pretty things
that laquered shine
those colored strings
tell me what does progress mean
toys of war and songs to sing.

The rain returns with tears from sadder skies
of bitter acid while the hatchet flies
and here we are just passers passing by
while all the things we love
topple to a chain saw buzz.

Where'd you get those pretty things
that laquered shine
those colored strings
tell me what does progress mean
fallen trees and songs to sing.

So Sunday mornin' say a prayer for me
one for yourself and then we'll both be clean
then we can raise a glass and drink to anything
all the trinkets that we own
these battered hearts
and broken homes

So, where'd you get those pretty things
that laquered shine
those colored strings
tell me what does progress mean
unanswered prayers and songs to sing.