Across The Lines
Tracy Chapman Lyrics


Across the lines
Who would dare to go
Under the bridge
Over the tracks
That separates whites from blacks

Choose sides
Run for your life
Tonight the riots begin
On the back streets of America
They kill the dream of America

Little black girl gets assaulted
Ain't no reason why
Newspaper prints the story
And racist tempers fly
Next day it starts a riot
Knives and guns are drawn
Two black boys get killed
One white boy goes blind

Across the lines
Who would dare to go
Under the bridge
Over the tracks
That separates whites from blacks

Choose sides
Run for your life
Tonight the riots begin
On the back streets of America
They kill the dream of America

Little black girl gets assaulted
Don't no one know her name
Lots of people hurt and angry, she's the one to blame

Across the lines
Who would dare to go
Under the bridge
Over the tracks
That separates whites from blacks

Choose sides
Run for your life
Tonight the riots begin
On the back streets of America
They kill the dream of America

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Written by: TRACY L CHAPMAN

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Capismama

I had to leave my hometown/state to understand what 'color lines' were.

See, I'm from a certain area of the southeastern US, and I'm white, but there were Black and Mexican and German and Polish and Welsh and Italian and other "Races/Nationalities" living in the same area, side by side. We didn't see color; we didn't hear accent...we were all human and we were neighbors. We would visit each others' house; spend the night; eat their food at their table, and they would do the same with every other family. No matter who needed the help, the entire community jumped in to help them.

My grandmother (Bless her Soul) had four portraits on her living room wall: Jesus Christ, John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert F Kennedy. They hung on her wall for everyone to see until the day she died. I don't know what became of the pictures; I wasn't there to see what happened or who took them. I wish I had them today. She was a prime example of what the area was like.

I haven't been "home" in thirty years. Last time I went, I knew something was changing, and NOT for the better. I saw a couple of friends...young men of color (my age at that time)...and I hugged them; kissed their cheeks and got one in return, outside of the local supermarket. People stared and whispered, with expressions of disgust on their faces.

Last I hear, everyone I knew and loved had either moved away or died (I'm in my 60's, so age takes us all eventually) and only the ignorant bigots remain.

Makes me sad that a place as wonderful and color neutral and balanced in temperance could turn ugly and mean-spirited like it has become.

I'll never go "home" again.

Where I live today, I work in a large retail store, and every single day, one of the first things I do when I go into the store, is to find and hug my friend Shaa, a young lady of color that I love like my own daughter. And a lot of people give us that same disgusted expression.

Know what? I don't care. I love Shaa and NO BODY is going to stop me from hugging her and telling her I love her. Same for my gay friends. If you can't stand to see me hug my black, Asian, Latino or Gay friends and tell them I love them...don't watch and don't listen...and know that you have my sympathy for not having a heart or soul.



All comments from YouTube:

Tony Vazquez

This song is a timeless message, more so relevant today as ever.

Clinton Beaver

YES two sides to every story.
Quite heartbreaking...

Andrew Taylor

Dam true keep safe people ✌🕊🙏

Iain Moone

Such a song for today's America. Classic

Rafferty Casey

Tony Vazquez so true

H3llb0und

Nah Tracy was writing about actual racist issues, not this melodramatic shite spun today. Race baiting. I'd also add this song could teach BLM a thing or two, it seems to criticise the violence of both sides, which is right.

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Nick B

"Tonight the riots begin
On the back streets of America
They kill the dream of America...
Two black boys get killed
One white boy goes blind
Across the lines...
They killed the dream of America.." ~2020

zebraspot69

thankyou x

MultiWobble

They sure did

Charlotte Chidgey

They dont make music like this no more... listening 2020 👌💯

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