Arrested In Shangai

- Rancid
Released: 2003 Genres: Rock
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Lyric "Arrested In Shangai"

They assumed I was guilty
But I'd committed no crime
They said confessions bring lenience
So they put me on the line
So I protest the massacres
At the Tiennenmen Square
My friends said stay away man
You better not go fuckin' back there

Wouldn't let me write about
My opinions about the state
And the freedom of expression
They would never tolerate
And the military secrets
I never did steal
I didn't start no violence, no
There was nobody that I killed

So I had a clear account
Of all the abuses of power
And the memories of my homeland
Have now gone sour
And I only got one weapon
It's so plain for me to see
My only weapon
I call poetry

And I don't know why
The truth seems like a lie
In my cell there is no sky
I was arrested in Shanghai

Into wealth and priviledge
I was not born
But a devotion to freedom
And liberty I was sworn
So every emotion's studied
Watched and controlled
Who gets paid, who gets disciplined
Who gets rolled

So a transmitter beams
My coordinates anywhere on earth
And radio waves surviellence
Satellite burst
Open up your skull
Let knowledge come in
Crack open the cranium
And let awareness begin...



Rancid is an American punk rock band formed in Berkeley, California, in 1991. Founded by 1980s punk veterans Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, who previously played in the highly influential ska punk band Operation Ivy, Rancid is often credited, along with Green Day and the Offspring, for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States and bringing punk rock into the mainstream during the mid-1990s. Over their 25-year career, Rancid remained signed to an independent record label and retained much of its original fan-base, most of which was connected to its underground roots