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Across The Lines


Across The Lines - Tracy Chapman


Across the lines,


Who could dare to go?


Under the bridge,


Over the tracks,

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That separates whites from blacks


Choose sides

Or run for your life

Tonight the riots begin

On back streets of America

They kill the dream of America


Little black girl gets assaulted

Ain't no reason why

Newspaper prints the story

And racist tempers fly

Next day it start a riot

Knives and guns are drawn

Two black boys get killed

One white boy goes blind


Little black girl gets assaulted

Don't no one know her name

Lots of people hurt and angry

She's the one to blame