From the album Delicate Cages

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Lyrics

I saw the earth open up under a satisfied sky
I saw the homes not flooded shrivel up in fire
I saw them loot all the corpses and rape all the wives
I saw the cops shoot themselves; the law fall on its knives


I saw an old man beaten as a young man watched
while the tourists of dread were takin’ pictures of it all
I saw the prisons oozing out into a yellow-bodied street
into the ecstatic justice of vigilantes


Why didn’t God help, why didn’t He even try?
Why didn’t God help, why didn’t He even try?
Baby, why? Baby, why?
Baby, why? Baby, why?
Because, my dear, because we’re free


I saw the luxury of anger; I saw the ease of revenge
I saw a little bit of grace when a man jumped instead
I saw pocked marked towns from the mortars above
I saw people choosing fear ‘cause they wouldn’t choose love


I saw the hills white with limestone around the city’s edge
The forests were littered with stolen shoes of the dead
I saw the cursed man climbing up his lonely olive tree
And when the last nail went in I saw three women scream:


Why didn’t God help, why didn’t He even try?
Why didn’t God help, why didn’t He even try?
Baby, why? Baby, why?
Baby, why? Baby, why?
Because, my dear, because we’re free.


O but there is hope for this world
For this world there is hope!
O there is hope for this world
For this world there is hope!
There is hope, there is hope
There is hope, there is hope
Because, my dear, because we’re free
Because, my dear, because we’re free