Fuel
Little Plastic Castle 1998
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They were digging a new foundation in Manhattan.
They discovered a slave cemetery there
May their souls rest easy
Now that lynching is frowned upon
And we've moved onto the electric chair
And I wonder who's gonna be president
Tweedle dum or tweedle dumber? 
And who's gonna have the big blockbuster box office this summer?
How 'bout we put up a wall between the houses and the highway
And then you can go your way and I can go my way

Except all the radios agree with all the TVs
And all the magazines agree with all the radios
And I keep hearing that same damn song everywhere I go
Maybe I should put a bucket over my head
and a marshmallow in each ear
and stumble around for another dumb numb week
for another humdrum hit song to appear

People used to make records
as in a record of event
the event of people
playing music in a room
Now everthing is cross-marketing
It's about sunglasses and shoes
or guns or drugs
you choose

We got it rehashed
We got it half-assed
We're digging up all the graves
and we're spitting on the past
And we can choose between the colors
of the lipstick on the whores
Cuz we know the difference
between the font of twenty percent more
and the font of teriyaki
You tell me
how does it make you feel?
You tell me what's real

And they say that alcoholics are always alcoholics
even when they're dry as my lips for years
Even when they're stranded on a small desert island
with no place in two thousand miles to buy beer
And I wonder is he different
Is he different
Has he changed
what he's about?
Or is he just a liar
with nothing to lie about?
Am I headed for the same brick wall
is there anything I can do
about anything at all

Except go back to that corner in Manhattan
and dig deeper
dig deeper this time
Down beneath the impossible pain of our history
Beneath unknown bones
Beneath the bedrock of the mystery
Beneath the sewage system and the path train
Beneath the cobblestones and the water main
Between the traffic of friendships and street deals
Beneath the screeching of kamikaze cab wheels
Beneath everything I can think of to think about
Beneath it all
Beneath all get out
Beneath the good and the kind and the stupid and the cruel 
There's just a fire waiting for fuel
Ani DiFranco