police song lyrics – broadways

do you remember the first thing you had to memorize?
was it the pledge of allegiance?
a five year old stands for a flag
that killed off all the real americans

do we really like being controlled? (no, no, no)
or are our heads just spinning?
more cops, more prisons to bear down on crime and violence
but we glamorize violence through televised wars

my friend was unjustly beaten by police
and broken star brought shame to the 57th precinct
and with their power came extortion and corruption
and failing to report rapes and hate crimes to make chicago look safe

tell me is this security? (no, no, no)
or do we need protection from the police?
we need to re*ssess the power vested in authority
social control threatens public safety, do you feel safe?

see, i don’t know what we’re thinking
paying taxes so that we can be controlled
do you know what happens when we start accepting everything we’re told?
we all fall down

and we close our eyes, we pretend not to see
is a crime not a crime when it’s committed by police?
and we close our eyes, we pretend not to see
my friend got beat up by police

i had a dream that my whole town had turned into a prison
a cop on every corner but i didn’t feel too safe
feels like i’m in jail

/ broadways lyrics