It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go

Album: Storms (1989)
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  • I am a backseat driver from America
    They drive to the left on Falls Road
    The man at the wheel's name is Seamus
    We pass a child on the corner he knows
    And Seamus says, "Now, what chance has that
    Kid got?"
    And I say from the back, "I don't know."
    He says, "There's barbed wire at all of these exits
    And there ain't no place in Belfast for that kid
    To go."
    It's a hard life
    It's a hard life
    It's a very hard life
    It's a hard life wherever you go
    If we poison our children with hatred
    Then, the hard life is all that they'll know
    And there ain't no place in (Belfast) for
    These kids to go
    A cafeteria line in Chicago
    The fat man in front of me
    Is calling black people trash to his children
    He's the only trash here I see
    And I'm thinking this man wears a white hood
    In the night when his children should sleep
    But, they slip to their window and they see him
    And they think that white hood's all they need
    It's a hard life
    It's a hard life
    It's a very hard life
    It's a hard life wherever you go
    If we poison our children with hatred
    Then, the hard life is all that they'll know
    And there ain't no place in (Belfast) for
    These kids to go
    I was a child in the sixties
    Dreams could be held through TV
    With Disney, and Cronkite, and Martin Luther
    Oh, I believed, I believed, I believed
    Now, I am the backseat driver from America
    I am not at the wheel of control
    I am guilty, I am war, I am the root of all evil
    Lord, and I can't drive on the left side of the road
    It's a hard life
    It's a hard life
    It's a very hard life
    It's a hard life wherever you go
    If we poison our children with hatred
    Then, the hard life is all that they'll know
    And there ain't no place in (Belfast) for
    These kids to go

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