Every Man's a Chief

from by Jack Evan Johnson

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lyrics

They came in on the main road
Pepper spray and guns
Automatics for business
Non-lethals for fun
We had women and children and elders and prayers
For the water and land
I’m lyin under this pickup
It’s chained to my right hand

Stiff white faces
Stuffed into riot gear
Sound cannon screaming
Chopper in the air
We had women and children and elders and peace
For the water and land
I’m lyin under this pickup
It’s chained to my right hand

A man came on the speaker
And said, “Leaders clear the way”
Over it all, I heard my brother say
“Every man’s a chief”

I heard a shot ring out
I heard something explode
Pounding feet all around me
Fire in my eyes and throat
We had women and children and elders, protection
For the water and land
I’m lyin under this pickup
It’s chained to my right hand

A girl came on the livestream
And said, “Today is our day”
Over it all, I heard your brother say
“Every man’s a chief”

Keep the cameras rolling
So the world can see
You might make it home for dinner
But we will never leave

Every man’s a chief

credits

from Every Man's a Chief (single), released November 20, 2018
Recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN
Engineered/mixed by Eddie Spear
Mastered by Pete Lyman
Vocals, Guitar: Jack Evan Johnson
Bass, vocals: B.L. Reed
Drums: Woody Nasteff
Photo: Rob Wilson

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