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Only In My Country

from Austere and Lonely Offices by Harborer



i wrote this in february/march 2020 after the death of ahmaud arbery. seemingly with time, it has only become more relevant. i feel like i should be clear that this song is not purely about america. while i do think america is quite broken on many levels, there aren't too many countries out there that aren't. and no matter where you might reside on this pale blue dot, hopefully some of the lines in this song can apply to the imaginary boundary which you reside in as well.

that all being said, i think we should collectively rethink about the justice system and most specifically the police force! i think there is a large amount of room for improvement there. maybe that's just my opinion! but i think there are plenty of people who are no longer alive/have ruined lives that would agree.


only in my country will i see a man put down
he's expecting nothing as he jogs all around
only in my country will a murder be allowed
only in my city and also every other town

the lights pull you over
you try to keep your will
only in your country
is this how you're killed
only in our country
only in our country

in a silent house a sleepy mother slowly cries
only in her country this is how her son dies
only with her color she is seen through their eyes
only in my country this is not a surprise

in danger in your backyard
in danger through your wall
only in your country
anywhere at all
only in our country
only in our country


from Austere and Lonely Offices, released July 9, 2021
ben coates - all sounds


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