Protect and Serve

by Lach

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"This was written shortly after the Tompkins Square Riot of 1988 in New York City. The track is from what seems to be the 1989 New Year's Eve party at Chameleon Club in NYC." - Lach


released January 4, 2016

Lach - Vocals/Guitar
Nick Branch - Mandolin



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Track Name: Protect and Serve
Protect and Serve

These streets got everything I need
And now they’re trying to take it away from me
They see skinheads, anarchy
All I see are angels
Hey what’s the conspiracy

My friend got beat up in a riot
And all I got was this lousy t-shirt
Pretty funky how everything stayed so quiet
Until some of them reporters got hurt
A nice helping of just deserts

They expected a fastball we threw them a curve
Now they’re saying that we just got what we deserved
Well, I think that they got a lot of nerve
From someone who’s motto is
Protect and serve
Protect and serve
Protect and serve
Protect and serve