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"At the risk of quoting Mephistopheles I repeat: Welcome to hell. A hell erected and maintained by governments, and blessed by black robed judges. A hell that allows you to see your loved ones, but not to touch them. A white, rural hell, where most of the captives are black and urban. It is an American way of death." - Mumia Abu Jamal

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I heard 'bout this kid in Watts who ain't hurt no one
Got beat down by the cops then they planted him with a gun
Then the judge say "boy, there's a consequence for what you done"
And since his skin ain't white he ain't never gon' see the sun

They burned down his American dream, and left it smokin' on the interstate

Man wants a better life, moves to Detroit from Kabul
Drivin' hack to feed his family and put his kids through school
Until one day he's arrested with no right to trial
Because Homeland Security put a terror threat on his file

They burned down his American dream, and left it smokin' on the interstate

Chain gang

Think you'll find freedom and justice the  American way? Just ask Huey or Mumia or the cats at Guantanamo bay
They make money for every person they put away
So if you ain't rich, you're guilty and they'll throw you in anyway, yeah

So tear down their American dream and leave it smokin' on the inter...
Break outta their American dream and leave it smokin' on the inter...
Burn, burn down their American dream and leave it smokin' on the interstate

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from Songs In The Key Of Strife, released March 15, 2013
Written by Casey Lewis

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The Martyr Index Calgary, Alberta

The Martyr Index is your favourite fist-in-the-air, banner-flying, ol' dirty pinko rock and roll band, hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Surrounded by the opulence of what could be considered the Bahrain of North America, they are exactly the kind of contradiction that you would expect from a quasi-anarchist discourse feeding off the fruits of unrepentant frontier capitalism. ... more

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