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Daloy Polizei

from Victory Party by Geoff Berner

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I've played a lot of places, and I'll play them all again,
And everywhere I go I hear the same old thing again:
Somebody dies in police custody,
Soon there are questions from the family.
At first the situation makes the lawmen look so filthy,
But they investigate themselves and it turns out that they're not guilty
Hey, hey, Daloy Polizei
Means the same thing now as yesterday.
Out of your houses, into the streets,
Everybody say, “Fuck the police!”

Ian Bush's parents didn't know he was a killer
When Constable Koestler took him in for an open can of "Miller".
The video at the station house, it somehow got erased
But the bull was there so we can know exactly what took place:

The boy jumped on his back, but the cop was quick instead,
He reached around and shot him, right in the back of the head.
Koestler would not demonstrate just how this thing was done.
If you think that it's impossible, then the coroner's not alone

Hey, hey, Daloy Polizei...

There must be something magic down in the holding cells,
Cause there's stuff that happens there that just don't happen nowhere else.
Healthy people dying from a sudden heart attack,
Men who hang themselves with their hands tied behind their back.
There's lots of good and brave police, it must be true, I guess--
It's brave to work with a murderer sipping coffee by your desk.

Hey, hey, Daloy Polizei...


from Victory Party, released March 8, 2011


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Geoff Berner Vancouver, British Columbia

Singer / songwriter / accordionist / novelist Geoff Berner's music combines klezmer, punk, political satire and Balkan dance rhythms. He writes sharp, literate songs that make you want to weep, laugh, grind your teeth, or kick out a window - often all at the same time. Having built a cult following with his weirdly compelling stage presence, G.B. has a strange ability to create fun chaos. ... more

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