This Could Be Anywhere

    This Could Be Anywhere (This Could Be Everywhere) – Dead Kennedys
    Frankenchrist, 1985

    Cold concrete apartments
    Rise up from wet black asphalt
    Below them a few carcasses
    Of the long gone age of privacy

    It takes a scary kind of illness
    To design a place like this for pay
    Downtown’s an endless generic mall
    Of video games and fast food chains

    One by one
    The little houses are bricked up and condemned
    A subtle hint to move
    Before the rats move in

    This could be anywhere
    This could be everywhere
    Those new kids at school seem cool
    But dad says not to talk to them
    Stick to your old friends
    They’re not our kind
    So now there’s lots of fights

    So many people I know
    Come of age tense and bitter-eyed
    Can’t create so they just destroy
    Let’s set someone’s dog on fire

    Empty plastic
    Culture slum suburbia
    Is a war zone now
    Sprouting the kinds of gangs
    We thought we’d left behind

    This could be anywhere
    This could be everywhere
    Kids at school are taking sides
    Along color and uniform lines
    My dad’s gone and bought a gun
    He says he’s fed up
    With crime in this town
    This could be anywhere
    This could be everywhere
    This could be anywhere
    This could be everywhere
    I hope I’m gone before it explodes
    I linger late at night
    Waiting for the bus
    No amount of neon jazz
    Could hide the oozing vibes of death
    My dad’s a vigilante now
    He’s bringing home these weird-ass friends
    Like the guy who fires blanks at his TV
    When Kojak’s on
    Or the guy who shows off his submachine gun
    To his sixteen-year-old daughter’s friends
    Whose sense of pride and hope
    Is being in the police reserve

    This could be anywhere
    This could be everywhere-Everywhere

    Photo: Rauter25

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