Atticus

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Everybody, have you heard?
Atticus Finch shot down a mockingbird.
He took aim and fired without a word.
Atticus Finch shot down a mockingbird.

Thomas J. loved to say that all men were made the same.
But did he love the little Tommy from the slave he made a mommy
The same as his milky white boy?

Richard M. Nixon got in trouble fixin' a gate,
Now he's mixin' with worms
But Liddy's sittin' pretty.
Can't remember what he did.
We just listen 'cause we know his fame.
What a shame.

Everybody, have you heard?
Attica prisoners were massacred.
Not many a guard thought twice when the gov'nor gave the word.
When we see good do bad, the difference is blurred.

Winnie Mandela stood by her fella,
And we loved her on the television.
But who would have known that she'd do to her own
What the Man had done to her?

It was looking pretty hairy for Marion Barry
With a mouth full of Mary and crack on the TV.
He blamed the Man, said I'm an African,
So we put him back in charge of America's capital.

The more you look up to some people,
The more they look down on you.
If they seem to good to be liars,
You can bet what they say ain't true.

Everybody, did you hear?
Susan Smith cried a lake full of tears.
She strapped them in and threw her into gear.
The mockingbirds stopped singing, but Atticus doesn't care.

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from Milky White, released January 1, 1997
Written by Devin Arkin

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The Good Chicago, Illinois

The Good is the creation of singer / songwriters Tony Rogers (tonyrogers.bandcamp.com) and Devin Arkin (who died from brain cancer in late 2016), joined by John Scholvin (guitar), Dave Rothkopf (bass), and John Goodman (drums). The band began making waves on the Chicago music scene in the early 90's; they've released 4 critically acclaimed full length studio albums, and more. ... more

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