Battle Lines

2004
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Battle Lines

There’s an invAmisible line betwCeen us
It’s drGawn on the pictures of the sDand and stones
And the bAmottom lines of the cContracts
And the cGolor of the skin and the shDape of the bones
And all the innocent cries for freedom
Become the weapons in the wars we wage at home
Because when no one can find agreement
They say you better just fight to right these wrongs
They tell us where to draw the battle lines
In the sand and stones
Armies march across these lines
Over other armies’ bones

One day’s win
Is only good 'til nighttime falls
You will fight again
And lose it all

And that’s why we draw the invisible lines between us
They’re written in the faces on the TV screens
With only one eye to deceive us
You get the left and the right and nothing in between
You’ve got the black tie, the tie dye,
The baseball cap guy,
The spotlight only shines
As long as you can criticize,
It’s a tug-of-war with a four year rope
And a million muddy hands
And one false hope
They tell us where to draw the battle lines
From the TV boxes
Stand your ground in the party lines
At the ballot boxes

One day’s win…