From the January 2008 Idaho Observer:


Police State

1. America the beautiful, how far have you come?

and where are you goingóinsane.

Youíve taken your most innocent, free-spirited children

and flushed them mercilessly down your drain

[HOOK]: We just canít wait, itís much too late!

America has become a police state!

2. They tell us this time itís because theyíve made a war on drugs,

but I tell you, itís a war declared by thugs; -

A police-state-tactic war against good people, who like sheep

are lulled off to the slaughter in their sleepÖ

[HOOK]: Itís far too late, we cannot wait!

Americaís become a police state!

3. Do you think youíre still living in the land of liberty?

Better look around and check if youíre still free.

You canít step or roll from here-to-there without a paid permit

They wonít let us live just for life, and the joy of it.

[REPEAT HOOK BETWEEN EVERY VERSE,

ALTERNATING VARIATIONS]

[ BRIDGE] : Todayís worship of government

like always, is idolatry.

And thatís why America is no longer free.

They snuff out the innocence*

by staging trumped-up incidents;

the name of their game is

stealing freedom by small increments.

4. Is there anywhere we can still travel in this land

without a pass or fine or license tag?

Without risking being hauled away for papers not in order,

while our guardianís busy saving some burnt flagÖ

5. The destroyers of this country have you do their dirty work

of building enough jails to crush us all.

Yet you cheer and scream for more police,

more prisons and more laws

while itís your own liberty thatíll take the fallÖ

6. Just try to travel down your road or build onto your land

without permission and a hefty fee.

Thatís the very definition of a slave of other men

--but incurable, when you still think youíre free:

[REPEAT BRIDGE]

7. Sadists masquerading as state law-men call you in,

make you feel so proud to be a jury peer.

But the attorney-judge decides in advance what youíll decide,

by fixing the law and all the evidence youíll hear.

8. Like Josef Stalin in his day, Americaís got its quotas

to fill the endless prisons the maniacs build.

Theyíre passiní laws against every natural act that humans do,

to achieve their goal that every jail be filled..."

9. You donít believe that anything Iím saying now is true

--a phenomenon hidden in human fear.

Solzhenitzyn couldnít name it in 600-some-odd pages

But while they drag us each away, we still say:

"It canít happen here!"

[REPEAT BRIDGE]

10. You donít believe that anything Iím saying now is true

--a phenomenon hidden in human fear.

Solzhenitzyn couldnít name it in 600-some-odd pages

But while they drag us each away, we still say:

"It canít happen here!"

[HOOK] :

Itís much too late, we cannot wait! America has become a police state!

-But it canít happen here!

-Pero esto no puede pasar aqui!

-Da, Nu potia sa untemplia alcia!

[repeat in Russian, Serbian, German, Croatian, Polish, et. al]

~Copyright PF Lazor, 1992