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I wrote the first verse of this shortly after the Darren Wilson verdict, then fleshed the song out into a general indictment of American liberalism. In anticipation of any legal objections to the lyrics, I'd like to invoke my rights pursuant to Brandenburg v. Ohio.

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Set fire to this hell country
This racist, homophobic hell country
Set fire to this hell country
This misogynistic, transphobic hell country

I'm tired of Klansman cops with guns
Killing kids and getting paid vacations
I'm tired of the crooks who condone it all
Getting re-elected every goddamn fall

Set fire to this hell country
This nightmare neoliberal hell country
Set fire to this hell country
This neocolonialist hell country

I'm tired of Bill Gates and Jeffrey Sachs
White men's burdens on their backs
I'm tired of Gitmo and drone war
And I'm really fucking tired of Macklemore

Set fire to this hell country
This worker-bleeding, bottom-feeding hell country
Set fire to this hell country
This landfilling, planet-killing hell country

I'm tired of austerity and shock
Schools and housing on the chopping block
Food stamps cut, you know who to blame
Smell the brimstone, feel the flames

Set fire to this hell country
This vile, imperialist hell country
Set fire to this hell country
This late-stage capitalist hell country

Come every worker, from preacher to slave
Let's all dance on Ronald Reagan's grave
Hayek is dead, and so is Keynes
Let's desecrate their bourgeois remains

Set fire to this hell country...

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from Armed Prophets Victorious, released September 7, 2015
Includes an audio clip from an episode of The Golden Girls, and another one from the Marc M. cartoon "Cookie Jar."

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Renegade Kautsky Brooklyn, New York

Left-wing lo-fi folk recorded in dingy bedrooms across the American hellscape.

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