“American Skin” released by Bruce Springsteen

41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots….
and we’ll take that ride
‘cross this bloody river
to the other side
41 shots… cut through the night
You’re kneeling over his body in the vestibule
Praying for his life

Is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it a wallet, this is your life
It ain’t no secret
It ain’t no secret
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living
In your American skin

41 shots
Lena gets her son ready for school
She says “on these streets, Charles
You’ve got to understand the rules
If an officer stops you
Promise you’ll always be polite,
that you’ll never ever run away
Promise Mama you’ll keep your hands in sight”

Is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it a wallet, this is your life
It ain’t no secret
It ain’t no secret
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living
In your American skin

Is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it in your heart, is it in your eyes
It ain’t no secret

41 shots… and we’ll take that ride
‘Cross this bloody river
To the other side
41 shots… got my boots caked in this mud
We’re baptized in these waters and in each other’s blood

Is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it a wallet, this is your life
It ain’t no secret
It ain’t no secret
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living
In your American skin

 

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  1. The song was released in April 2001, and was inspired by an incident on 4 February 1999, when four New York City plainclothes police officers shot dead Amadou Diallo, a 22 year old West African immigrant. The four men suspected Diallo to match the profile of a rapist that had committed crimes in the area then, and when he tried to pull out what they later found out to be his wallet (which they presumed to be a gun), they opened fire, “41 shots”, 19 of which hit the target. The officers were tried for murder, but were found innocent by the jury.

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