Hold On

Hold On
There's blacks with knives
and whites with clubs
Fighting in Howard Beach
There's no such thing as human rights
When you walk the N.Y.streets
A cop was shot in the head
by a 10 years old kid
Named Buddah in Central Park last week
The fathers and daughters are lined up by the coffins
By the Statue of Bigotry*

You better hold on,
something's happening here
You better hold on,
meet you in Tompkins Square

The dopers sent a message
To the cops last weekend
They shot him in the car where he sat
And Eleanor Bumpers and Michael Stewart
Must have appreciated that
There's a rampaging rage rising up like a plague
Of bloody vials washing up on the beach
It'll take more than the
Angels or Iron Mike Tyson
To heal this bloody breach, hey, hey

You better hold on,
something's happening here
You better hold on,
meet you in Tompkins Square

A junkie ran down a lady
a pregnant dancer
She'll never dance
but the baby was saved
He shot up some China White
And nodded out at the wheel
And he doesn't remember a thing
They shot that old lady
'Cause they thought she was a witness
To crime she didn't even see
Who?s home is the home of the brave
by the Statue of Bigotry, hey

You better hold on,
something's happening here
You better hold on,
meet you in Tompkins Square

You got a black .38 and a gravity knife
You still have to ride the train
There's the smelly essence of N.Y. down there
But you ain't no Bernard Goetz
There's no Mafia lawyer
to fight in your corner
For that 15 minutes of fame
The have and the have nots
are bleeding in the tub
That's New York's future not mine, oh

You better hold on,
something's happening here
You better hold on,
something's happening here
Hold on
Lou Reed - New York
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