In a nation that’s being ruled by greed,
The wealthy re-traumatize families
Of the war on poverty’s refugees
With heartless legislative policies
To take things back to how they shouldn’t be.
The “most in need” still need consent decrees
To correct the wrongs of authorities
Who have neglected the disparities
Between white people and minorities.
County correctional facilities
Are packed with those who can’t pay to be free.
Poor youth look at home in horror and flee
From the crime, from the hood, from poverty.
Poor folks buy name brands at markets for fleas
Consumerism should be a disease.
Can’t see the forest past the money trees.
Cause the “golden rule” don’t apply to me
Being under 18 is Dred Scott free.
Banks get bail-outs; the poor lose property.
Money makes the rules, anyone can see.
The rich won’t fail, so the poor can’t succeed
In a nation that’s being ruled by greed.