Promenade – Street Sweeper Social Club

Okay, I have to warn you. This is not your normal Larry’s latest Indie fav. Part guilty pleasure. Part indie. I won’t explain until you have a listen.

Okay, so anyone who is a Rage Against the Machine fan will realize that Tom Morello is part of this band. Boots Riley as well. Quite the combo, hmmm? I’ll talk more about the song below.

Lyrics here, more below:
Well I got a new kinda square dance rap
Gon talk smack
Flash my gat
I’m finna spit and hold my dick
And heat shit up like a thermostat
Grab your partner by the chaps
Give your partner a pimp-slap
To symbolize the ghetto trap
Step to the right
Give three claps
Kids jam-packed in tenement shacks
Ain’t shit cookin on the stove but crack
This is the bat this hell begat
Cuz bosses are kleptomaniacs

Two by two
Promenade
Duck from a B1 bomber raid
Ain’t bout the plans Osama made
Banks gettin paid off petrol trade
Circulate
Dosey-do
How much cash could a o-z grow?
Til all are fed and all have beds
My skin is black
My star is red

FBI comin round the outside
Which one of us finna die tonight?
Is we finna fight over crumbs to bite
Or make a whole muthafuckin world
Ignite?
Everybody throw them bows
Right upside your partner’s nose
By now you’ve got bloody clothes
Crabs in the barrel
So the story goes
Think of all their savage acts
Grabbin scratch from average cats
Bureaucrats with strings attached
Walk in place
Light the match

Two by two
Promenade
Duck from a B1 bomber raid
Ain’t bout the plans Osama made
Banks getting paid of petrol trade
Circulate
Dosey-do
How much cash could a o-z grow?
Til all are fed and all have beds
My skin is Black
My star is red

Everybody get down low
Bout the level of your toes
These dance moves we usually do
Are not the ones that we have chose
Grab on to that beat and grind
Try your best to stay alive
We can run
We can’t hide
Might as well just stay and fight

Two by two
Promenade
Duck from a B1 bomber raid
Ain’t bout the plans Osama made
Banks getting paid off petrol trade
Circulate
Dosey-do
How much cash could a o-z grow?
Til all are fed and all have beds
My skin is Black my star is red

Okay so we have a square dance, rap, rock song with straight social commentary! Awesome! I’ve been sitting on this song for weeks. Do I post it? But I had to. It started out as a novelty item for me but after many listens, this is really a great song. And another favourite aspect is the opposing forces. You have the upbeat square dance commands at distinct odds with the situation of the story being told. It really is quite brilliant. I have a feeling they may have started this as a lark too but ended up with something special. My favourite line combination is the ‘Two by two, promenade, duck from a B1 bomber raid’…Grab yer partner!!

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2 Responses to Promenade – Street Sweeper Social Club

  1. elbrycen says:

    you should see em play it live.

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