Ferguson USA

by James Rustad

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Artwork by Jenny Miller. Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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released November 24, 2014

Lyrics and Music by James Rustad. Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.
Recorded by Jim Perry in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY in October 2014.

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Track Name: Stand Your Ground
In these hot Florida streets
You never know what creeps you'll meet
They don't want you hanging round
So they'll claim it's "stand your ground"

If you're young and you are black
They will needlessly attack
They will take your life away
With no consequence to pay

Murder in the first degree
Criminals with no penalty
Something's very wrong you see
Something's terribly wrong

Don't shoot him! Don't shoot him!
Crazy gun-wielding man
Don't shoot him! Don't shoot him!
Crazy gun-wielding man

There's no innocence today
And they robbed their lives away
And there is no turning back
From a murderous attack

In horror I recoil
And my blood begins to boil
How can you kill an unarmed boy?
How can you kill an unarmed boy?

Murder in the first degree
Criminals with no penalty
Something's very wrong you see
Something's terribly wrong

Don't shoot him! Don't shoot him!
Crazy gun-wielding man
Don't shoot him! Don't shoot him!
Crazy gun-wielding man
Track Name: 17 Shots (in the St. Louis Night)
One for off-duty cops in uniform
Two for neighborhood watch patrol
Three for private security firms
Four for profiling pedestrian checks
Five because he didn't like the way his pants sagged
Six for redline segregation
Seven for American apartheid
Eight for White privilege

17 Shots in the St. Louis night
Black lives matter this just isn't right
Resistance March to the Gateway Arch
17 Shots in the St. Louis night

Nine for the Military Police State
Ten for ritual sacrifice
Eleven for state sanctioned violent acts
Twelve for the people who "wait for the facts"
Thirteen against the weekend of resistance
Fourteen for law and order
Fifteen for Jim Crow and kill what you don't know
Sixteen because the cop just had a bad day
Seventeen because he needed to empty his chamber
Seventeen because he needed to empty his chamber

17 Shots in the St. Louis night
Black lives matter this just isn't right
Resistance March to the Gateway Arch
17 Shots in the St. Louis night
Track Name: A Song For Michael Brown
Down in Ferguson, Missouri
A young black boy has lost his life
His name was Michael Brown
He was a good boy for his whole life
His body laid four hours in the street
What an injustice this is not right

How many mothers must cry for our fallen brothers?
How many fathers must mourn for their sons?
How many steps backward must we take to move forward?
With Michael Brown we raise our hands to the sky
With Michael Brown we raise our hands to the sky

There's different laws for different people
There's different rules for different colors
Society should be fair and equal
For Michael Brown this did not apply

How many mothers must cry for our fallen brothers?
How many fathers must mourn for their sons?
How many steps backward must we take to move forward?
With Michael Brown we raise our hands to the sky
With Michael Brown we raise our hands to the sky
Track Name: Message To Murrieta
Here's my Message to Murrieta
Down in Southern California
You spit on Lupillo Rivera's Face
Picket signs of hatred all over the place
Here's my Message to Murrieta

You call them illegal aliens, I call them refugees
Northern triangle violence rates brought Central America to its knees
They force children to traffic drugs as the homicide rate climbs sky high
Maras gangs make maquillas workers pay a tax
If they don't then they will die (here's what I'm talkin' bout)

Here's my Message to Murrieta
Down in Southern California
You spit on Lupillo Rivera's Face
Picket signs of hatred all over the place
Here's my Message to Murrieta

Before you holler and scream at women and children on the bus
Let me take you back into history which led them to look for help from us
El Salvador March 24, the year 1980
Archbishop Oscar Romero spoke about human rights and poverty

His liberation theology was too much for reactionaries to bear
They didn't want a populist movement gaining ground anywhere
The rulers of his country ordered killers to shoot him right through the heart
They assassinated him after homily and prayer before Eucharist was to start

Here's my Message to Murrieta
Down in Southern California
You spit on Lupillo Rivera's Face
Picket signs of hatred all over the place
Here's my Message to Murrieta

President Ronald Reagan sent US Military Aid
Repressive Right Wing governments in Central America got paid
70,000 dead in Salvadoran Civil War, in Honduras 200 people disappeared
Death Squads tore through Guatemala 200,000 died

They massacred Mayan villages, Reagan lied and looked the other way
He called it Communist disinformation: "Don't let the Soviets have their way"
El Salvadorans fled the blood bath and moved to New York and LA
Some learned gang tactics like extortion and murder
Then they came back to Salvador to stay
Now the Children have to journey 1,000 miles away
To Murrieta

Here's my Message to Murrieta
Down in Southern California
You spit on Lupillo Rivera's Face
Picket signs of hatred all over the place
Here's my Message to Murrieta