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We're All Criminals Now

Pet Shop Boys
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“Yes, we're still banging on about the erosion of freedoms in the U.K. in the wake of the war on terror […] We are all under constant surveillance and are all treated as being potentially guilty, as if we are about to commit some kind of crime.” (Pet Shop Boys)



I PBS scrissero questo brano pensando alla terribile vicenda di Jean Charles de Menezes, un giovane di origine brasiliana che nel 2005 fu inseguito ed abbattuto dalla polizia nella metropolitana di Londra perché scambiato per un terrorista… L’omicidio avvenne un paio di settimane dopo il 7 luglio, giorno in cui 4 attentati terroristici sconvolsero la capitale inglese, con un bilancio di 55 morti e 700 feriti.



Sulla morte di Jean Charles de Menezes si vedano Days of Fire e Joao Menezes
Videoed on the subway
reading the news and then
walking along the high street
videoed once again
Waiting for a bus in Stockwell
cameras on my back
Suddenly hearing sirens
sounding a panic attack

Hey, hey
Don't ask me how
We've changed
We're all criminals now
Hey, hey
Don't ask me how
We're blamed
We're all criminals now

Just a routine procedure
(We're watching you)
A sample of your DNA
(The things you do)
Queuing to be finger-printed
(You could be dangerous)
going to the USA
Another routine procedure
(We're on your case)
driving in your car
(We've seen your face)
Stopped and searched and questioned
(some place before)
Can you prove who you are?

Hey, hey
Don't ask me how
We've changed
We're all criminals now
Hey, hey
Don't ask me how
We've been framed
We're all criminals now

Hey, hey, hey
We're all criminals now
Hey, hey, hey
We're all criminals now

Got the bus to the station
music playing in my head
Ran to get on the tube train
Police shot someone dead

Don't ask me how
We're all criminals now

Hey, hey
Don't ask me how
We're blamed
We're all criminals now
Hey, hey
Don't ask me how
We've been framed
We're all criminals now

inviata da Bernart Bartleby - 11/9/2015 - 08:56



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