Open Letter (To a Landlord)

Album: Vivid (1988)
Charted: 82
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  • Now you can tear a building down
    But you can't erase a memory
    These houses may look all run down
    But they have a value you can't see...

    This is my neighborhood
    This is where I come from
    I call this place my home
    You call this place a slum
    You want to run all the people out
    This what you're all about
    Treat poor people just like trash
    Turn around and make big cash

    [Chorus:]
    Now you can tear a building down
    But you can't erase a memory
    These houses may look all run down
    But they have a value you can't see

    Last month there was a fire
    I saw seven children die
    You sent flowers to their family
    But your sympathy's a lie
    Cause every building that you burn
    Is more blood money that you earn
    We are forced to relocate
    From the pain that you create

    [Chorus]

    We lived here for so many years
    Now this house is full of fear
    For a profit you will take control
    Where will all the older people go?
    There used to be when kids could play
    Without the scourge of drug's decay
    Now our kids are living dead
    They crack and blow their lives away

    [Chorus]

    You've got to fight
    You've got a right
    To fight for your neighborhood! Writer/s: TRACIE D MORRIS, VERNON ALPHONSUS REID
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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