The Graveyard Downtown

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The Graveyard Downtown

Time is the 4th dimension
Look back through now at the place you're in
A heart still beats behind the red brick skin
And what happened then can happen again
The colours change but the walls stay true
A nation's built on the bones of the poor
Left to rot beneath the city sewer
Their ghosts will haunt the urban renewal

There are tunnels under every city
A buried past and it ain't pretty
They want you to forget about the graveyard downtown
But the Racoons know what lies underground

Residential schools, internment camps
Aboriginal blood on the colonial map
The General Strike, the immigrant stamp
Die for the railroad or live as a tramp
You pay the head tax to feed the machine
Or hide in the tunnels under Chinatown streets
Smuggled lives, black market dreams
While the Dragon breathes in the manhole steam

-Chorus-

So to those of you who'd tear down our past
Red brick gone for the steel and glass
Drive out the poor for the upper class
And pretend no struggle ever came to pass
Fuck you all! You can go to Hell
I'll stay right here, keep ringing the bell
You can tear down the bridge, seal up the well
The old bones are gone but the ghosts will still tell

-Chorus-

credits

from Tunnels, Treehouses & Trainsmoke, released October 29, 2013
kenan Sungur - Bass, Percussion
Jeff Andrew - Guitar, Vox, Fiddle
Ryan Boeur - Guitar

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Jeff Andrew Vancouver, British Columbia

Fiddles, horns, double bass and subterranean percussion from the tunnels of East Vancouver. Songs from the road and beyond the grave.

"A backroads troubadour with a few things to say by way of viscera, nerve and hard experience...basically a raunchy Bob Dylan with blood in his teeth." - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
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