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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Unity

song lyric sundayAs the great musical poet Kiki Dee once said, “I’ve got the music in me.”

Seriously, though, music is part of my daily life. I sing every day. I’m always listening and/or dancing to something. So when I found Song Lyric Sunday, I just had to participate!

This week’s theme is unity, and DJ Tara’s choice… doesn’t match the word exactly, but the spirit of the song fits.

I was but a wee teen when I first heard this song in 1988. I loved this band, which won a Grammy in 1990 for best rock performance for Cult of Personality. This song is an anthem of a different sort, one that says people in a neighborhood should be united in their fight against gentrification. This irks me to no end as I’ve watched through the years as this happened to West Philadelphia. It’s still happening, but hey, money talks, right?

Get riled up, hop in the wayback machine with me, and enjoy the rock-pop stylings of Living Colour and Open Letter to a Landlord.

You’ve got to fight
You’ve got a right
To fight for your neighborhood!

Open Letter to a Landlord

Now you can tear a building down
But you can’t erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can’t see
This is my neighborhood
This is where I come from
I call this place my home
You call this place a slum
You want to run all the people out
This what you’re all about
Treat poor people just like trash
Turn around and make big cash
Now you can tear a building down
But you can’t erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can’t see
Last month there was a fire
I saw seven children die
You sent flowers to their family
But your sympathy’s a lie
Cause every building that you burn
Is more blood money that you earn
We are forced to relocate
From the pain that you create
Now you can tear a building down
But you can’t erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can’t see
We lived here for so many years
Now this house is full of fear
For a profit you will take control
Where will all the older people go?
There used to be when kids could play
Without the scourge of drug’s decay
Now our kids are living dead
They crack and blow their lives away
Now you can tear a building down
But you can’t erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can’t see
You’ve got to fight
You’ve got a right
To fight for your neighborhood!
Songwriters: Tracie D Morris / Vernon Alphonsus Reid
Open Letter lyrics © Songs Music Publishing

This post is part of Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday. Read this week’s theme post here. Read her choice for this week here.

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