Tough On Crime

You’ve been serving time in prison

For lo, these many long years

Too bad you didn’t snort powdered coke

Like the Wall Street billionaires

 

You’re not jailed for rape or murder

Or other atrocities

You didn’t do the widespread fraud

That crashed our economy

 

You’re black and you smoked crack

Now you’re never coming back

You’re far away from home

We got tough on crime

You’re doing lots of time

Many miles from home

 

The prison-industrial complex

Keeps the upstate economy going

It gets its raw materials

From inner-city neighborhoods

 

This, is, the war on drugs

It’s eating young people of color alive

Bust those laws wide ohhh-pen

This has got to stop

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