The Great Wall of Philadelphia

from by I Am Not The Universe

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It's time we built a wall around the country
to keep out all the rubes we stole it from.
But now we need a wall around New Jersey
Because the city's been my home
since 1982
and now there's Mexicans in my Italian Market
they're taking over all my parking
and now how am I to breathe?
Or raise my family
with cilantro and Spanish permeating everything?

So I took to build a wall around Spruce Street
to keep those he/she perverts in one place.
But when I'm home and flipping through my TV
Guess who's on the screen
and in all the news I read?!
We used to call them queens
Now they act just like they're royalty!
Now even bathrooms at the Eagles game
will never be the same
I'll have to question everybody's bodies constantly.

So I resolve to build a wall all around me
and live inside a five by seven tomb.
Just watch the future row ahead without me
'Cause back when I was young
we had restraints on everyone
but more and more as they shake free,
I feel them lock those old chains around me.
And though I wail at City Hall,
it's like I'm talking to a wall

Of course, it could be the wall I built around my eyes and ears and mouth
leaving me feeling shut out.


from The Worker Bee, released February 3, 2017



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A Politically-charged folk-punk/power-pop collective, I Am Not The Universe sings truth to power and afflicts the comfortable, even outside the prearranged free-speech zone.

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