Mr. Policeman

by OJR

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Hey, Mr. Policeman
You don't make the rules
No, you just bend them
Modified enforcement
To hell with the truth
Just throw it in your big van
How useful are your guns when
Those who make a difference can do it with pens?
Hey, Mr. Policeman
Thank you for sweeping up old Manhattan
The kids are smoking weed again
But you wouldn't know without entrapment
Hey, Mr. Policeman
I'd pour out my drink, but I can't with cuffed hands

Hey, Mr. Policeman
Get all loud while you silence our streets
I'd love to go out there
But you've gone and turned the park into a damn armory
You run every red light and
You grab your baton if anyone makes a peep
Stick up for yourself, man
The mayor is king and you're a peasant like me
Hey, Mr. Policeman (tell me!)
Where's the public service in a private army?
Help your despot buy a fourth term
If New York is still here when he's finished with three

And you say
That it's not every apple that's bad
And you say
"'41 Shots' gave us all a bad rap"
And you say
You know real good men who wear the gold badge
And you say
You didn't pat him down just 'cause his skin is black
And you say
You spy on Muslims just to stop an attack
Well hey now
I spy a guy who must've been bullied in class
Because you're flexing your muscles
And you're calling us fags
And you're laughing with your partner
Shoutin', "Spray that old hag!"
And when the people cry for change
You go arrest 'em in packs
700 of us on a bridge
Let no one slip through the cracks
And then claim
That it's 'cause the traffic just can't be backed
But when a movie is filming
I see no actor get sacked

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released February 2, 2013

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OJR Nashville, Tennessee

Crossing a broad range of styles from indie-folk/blues/Americana to grunge/psychedelia/rock n’ roll, OJR blends a variety of familiar influences (Neil Young; T-Rex; Nirvana, to name a few) with his own prolific songwriting ability and ear-catching southern vocal style. The result is a soul-scratching, modern homage to a vintage sound that’s completely unique and delivered with tons of swagger. ... more

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