Drive-By Truckers – What It Means

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Drive-By Truckers – What It Means Chords and Lyrics

Artist : Drive-By Truckers
Song : What It Means

[Verse 1] : 
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He was running down the street
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When they shot him in his tracks
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About the only thing agreed upon
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Is he ain't coming back
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There won't be any trial
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So the air it won't be cleared
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There's just two sides calling names
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Out of anger out of fear
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If you say it wasn't racial
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When they shot him in his tracks
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Well I guess that means that you ain't black
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It means that you ain't black
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I mean Barack Obama won
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And you can choose where to eat
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But you don't see too many white kids lying
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Bleeding on the street

[Verse 2] : 
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In some town in Missouri
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But it could be anywhere 
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It could be right here on Ruth Street
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In fact it's happened here
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And it happened where you're sitting
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Wherever that might be
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And it happened last weekend
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And it will happen again next week
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And when they turned him over
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They were surprised there was no gun
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I mean he must have done something
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Or else why would he have run
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And they'll spin it for the anchors
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On the television screen
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So we can shrug and let it happen
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Without asking what it means

[Chorus] : 
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What it means?
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What it means?

[Verse 3] : 
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Then I guess there was protesting
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And some looting in some stores
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And someone was reminded that
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They ain't called colored folks no more
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I mean we try to be politically
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Correct when we call names
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But what's the point of post-racial
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When old prejudice remains?
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And that guy who killed that kid
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Down in Florida standing ground
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Is free to beat up on his girlfriend
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And wave his brand new gun around
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While some kid is dead and buried
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And laying in the ground
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With a pocket full of skittles

[Chorus] : 
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What it means?
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What it means?

[Verse 4] : 
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Astrophysics at our fingertips
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And we're standing at the summit
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And some man with a joystick
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Lands a rocket on a comet
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We're living in an age
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Where limitations are forgotten
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The outer edges move and dazzle us
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But the core is something rotten
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And we're standing on the precipice
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Of prejudice and fear
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We trust science just as long
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As it tells us what we want to hear
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We want our truths all fair and balanced
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As long as our notions lie within it
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There's no sunlight in our asses
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And our heads are stuck up in it
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And our heroes may be rapists
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Who watch us while we dream
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But don't look to me for answers
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Cuz I don't know what it means

[Chorus] : 
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What it means?
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What it means?
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