The Ghosts of Baltimore

from Radical Songs for Rough Times by Dan Hanrahan

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Freddie Gray

Freddie Gray went out one day
Onto the streets of West Baltimore
Though he didn’t know he was in the sights
Of an awful hateful might

He told his sister goodbye
he gazed toward the sun
Nobody knew the deed to be done
To Freddie Gray his mother’s only son
In West Baltimore that April day

On the same streets Frederick Douglass walked
And then escaped from in old Baltimore
But where you gonna run in 2015
When they open up the van and put you on the floor

Well it’s a boot on the back it’s a blow to the head
Then it’s a rough ride and then you wind up dead
In old Baltimore some ghosts won’t go away
Like the ones that killed Freddy Gray that day

Well it’s a prayer in the wind
it’s a tear on the pavement
It’s demanding the truth from the government
In old Baltimore some ghosts won’t go away
Like the ones that killed Freddy Gray that day

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from Radical Songs for Rough Times, released September 15, 2020

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Dan Hanrahan Chicago, Illinois

Musician and writer Dan Hanrahan has a long history in out-there folk circles. He specializes in surrealist ballads laced with glam and Brecht. Hanrahan has shared the stage with Gordon Gano and received plaudits from Eugene Chadbourne and Shimmy Disc’s Kramer and has opened shows for They Might Be Giants and Throwing Muses. ... more

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