Readers Recommend: Songs About Law Enforcement

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Readers Recommend: Songs About Law Enforcement

Postby WaTcHeR » 07 Nov 2007, Wed 5:38 pm

Spare a thought for the self-esteem of the music-loving policeman. In song after song, the pop cop is a rapper-harassing, punk-whomping, innocent-arresting, donut-eating creep. As Black Flag yowled in Police Story: "They hate us, we hate them/ We can't win." Wait a minute, Fugazi's Great Cop sounds promising. But no: it's just someone informing his girlfriend that her bullying suspicion makes her the perfect candidate for a career in law enforcement.

What's interesting about plod-bashing pop is what it reveals about the times. Before punk, bands balked at openly slamming the police, but abuse of Britain's "sus" laws on stopping and searching provoked responses from the Clash, the Ruts and Linton Kwesi Johnson, while the corruption and brutality of the LAPD brought us NWA's Fuck tha Police and Body Count's Cop Killer. In one of hip-hop's stranger ironies, Body Count's Ice-T now plays an officer on Law & Order: SVU.
Trust Bruce Springsteen, at least, to see the working man behind the badge. The tense, Suicide-inspired State Trooper puts a sinister twist on his well-worn open-road motif by placing a desperate fugitive at the wheel, fearing for the fate of anyone unlucky enough to pull him over. "Maybe you got a kid," he mutters. "Maybe you got a pretty wife."

Unlike the furiously indignant NWA, Cypress Hill strike a note of mocking contempt on their infectious gangsta nursery rhyme: "Well this pig's standin' eatin' donuts/ While some motherfucker's out robbin' your home." Mudhoney uncork a gallon of bile on their cover of Hate the Police by Texas punks the Dicks.

The violence that engulfed Jamaica in the late 1970s inspired an epidemic of songs about police harassment. Notwithstanding the Clash's clenched-fist interpretation, Junior Murvin's Police and Thieves is less a cry of anger than a sigh of disappointment, sung in an airy falsetto that seems to float above the whole seething mess. Alex Turner also stands apart from the fray as the wry observer of closing-time aggro on Riot Van.

The Pet Shop Boys set the secret police to synth-pop on In the Night, but Abba got there first. On the title track from their swan-song album, a hunted eastern bloc dissident cowers from a knock on the door; paranoia never sounded so jaunty. McCarthy, described by Nicky Wire as "the great lost band of the 80s", thrived on the disconnect between Malcolm Eden's acidic leftwing critique and Tim Gane's toothsome melodies. This satirical manifesto for state violence is cloaked in sunny jingle-jangle. Humour of a broader variety comes from Bo Diddley, who was as much a comic storyteller as a rock'n'roll singer.

Neil Young taps into his inner Dylan on Crime in the City (Sixty to Zero, Pt 1), a cryptic meander through benighted streets where idealism withers, innocents suffer and the policemen become indistinguishable from the crooks. Finally, Mike Post's classic Hill Street Blues theme serves as a reminder that at least there's one place where the police are almost always right: TV. Right, Ice-T?

This week's playlist

1. State Trooper - Bruce Springsteen
2. Pigs - Cypress Hill
3. Hate the Police - Mudhoney
4. Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin
5. Riot Van - Arctic Monkeys
6. The Visitors (Crackin' Up) ABBA
7. The Home Secretary Briefs the Forces of Law and Order - McCarthy
8. Cops and Robbers - Bo Diddley
9. Crime in the City (Sixty to Zero Pt 1) - Neil Young
10. Hill Street Blues - Mike Post & Larry Carlton



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"Cops that lie, need to die!" A police officer that lies to get an arrest or send someone to prison should be shot.

"In the U.S., a cop with a gun can commit the most heinous crime and be given the benefit of the doubt."

"The U.S. Government does not have rights, it has privileges delegated to it by the people."
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Postby WaTcHeR » 07 Nov 2007, Wed 5:39 pm

Here's the lyrics to "Pigs" by Cypress Hill

boulevard, [garbled] in the building next to the location. suspects
Are seen climbing out of both windows. male hispanic, and a possible male
Black. they have their vehic er van parked outside...

This pig harassed the whole neighborhood
Well this pig worked at the station
This pig he killed my homeboy
So the fuckin pig went on a vacation

This pig he is the chief
Got a brother pig captain omalley
Hes got a son thats a pig too
Hes collectin pay-offs from a dark alley

This pig is known as a narco
If hes a pig or not, we know that he could be
This pig hes a fuckin fag
So all his homepigs they call him a pussy

Well this pig hes really cool
So in this class we know he rides all alone
Well this pigs standin eatin donuts
While some motherfuckers out robbin your home

This pig hes a big punk
And I know that he cant stand the sight of me
cause pigs dont like it when ya act smart
And when ya tell em that youre a group from society

This pig works for the mafia
Makin some money off crack
But this little pig got caught
So when he gets to the pen its all about the pay-back

cause once he gets to the pen
They wont provide the little pig with a bullet-proof vest
To protect him from some mad nigga
Who he shot in the chest and placed under arrest

An its all about breakin off sausage
Do ya feel sorry for the poor little swine?
Niggas wanna do him in the ass
Just ta pay his ass back, so theyre standin in line

That fuckin pig
Look what he got himself into
Now theyre gonna make some pigs feet outta this little punk
Anybody like pork-chops?
How bout a ham sandwich?
How bout a ham sandwich?
"Cops that lie, need to die!" A police officer that lies to get an arrest or send someone to prison should be shot.

"In the U.S., a cop with a gun can commit the most heinous crime and be given the benefit of the doubt."

"The U.S. Government does not have rights, it has privileges delegated to it by the people."
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Postby WaTcHeR » 07 Nov 2007, Wed 5:42 pm

Strange that those particular readers missed the best song out there?

"Fuck The Police Lyrics" by N.W.A.

[MC Ren as Court Officer]
Right about now, N.W.A. court is in full effect
Judge Dre presiding
In the case of N.W.A. vs. the Police Department;
prosecuting attourneys are: MC Ren, Ice Cube,
and Eazy-motherfuckin-E

[Dr. Dre as The Judge]
Order, order, order
Ice Cube, take the motherfuckin stand
Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth
and nothin but the truth so help your black ass?

[Ice Cube as Witness]
You god damn right!

[Dr. Dre]
Well won't you tell everybody what the fuck you gotta say?

[Ice Cube]
Fuck the police comin straight from the underground
A young nigga got it bad cause I'm brown
And not the other color so police think
they have the authority to kill a minority
Fuck that shit, cause I ain't the one
for a punk motherfucker with a badge and a gun
to be beatin on, and thrown in jail
We can go toe to toe in the middle of a cell
Fuckin with me cause I'm a teenager
with a little bit of gold and a pager
Searchin my car, lookin for the product
Thinkin every nigga is sellin narcotics
You'd rather see, me in the pen
than me and Lorenzo rollin in a Benz-o
Beat a police out of shape
and when I'm finished, bring the yellow tape
To tape off the scene of the slaughter
Still gettin swoll off bread and water
I don't know if they fags or what
Search a nigga down, and grabbin his nuts
And on the other hand, without a gun they can't get none
But don't let it be a black and a white one
Cause they'll slam ya down to the street top
Black police showin out for the white cop
Ice Cube will swarm
on ANY motherfucker in a blue uniform
Just cause I'm from, the CPT
Ounk police are afraid of me!
HUH, a young nigga on the warpath
And when I'm finished, it's gonna be a bloodbath
of cops, dyin in L.A.
Yo Dre, I got somethin to say

[cut and scratched x4] "Fuck the police"

Example of scene one

[Cop] Pull your god damn ass over right now
[NWA] Aww shit, now what the fuck you pullin me over for?
[Cop] Cause I feel like it!
Just sit your ass on the curb and shut the fuck up
[NWA] Man, fuck this shit
[Cop] Aight smartass, I'm takin your black ass to jail!

[Dr. Dre]
MC Ren, will you please give your testimony
to the jury about this fucked up incident?

[MC Ren]
Fuck the police and Ren said it with authority
because the niggaz on the street is a majority
A gang, is with whoever I'm steppin
and the motherfuckin weapon is kept in
a stash box, for the so-called law
Wishin Ren was a nigga that they never saw
Lights start flashin behind me
But they're scared of a nigga so they mace me to blind me
But that shit don't work, I just laugh
because it gives em a hint, not to step in my path
For police, I'm sayin, "Fuck you punk!"
Readin my rights and shit, it's all junk
Pullin out a silly club, so you stand
with a fake-assed badge and a gun in your hand
But take off the gun so you can see what's up
And we'll go at it punk, and I'ma fuck you up!
Make you think I'ma kick your ass
but drop your gat, and Ren's gonna blast
I'm sneaky as fuck when it comes to crime
But I'ma smoke 'em now and not next time
Smoke any motherfucker that sweats me
or any asshole, that threatens me
I'm a sniper with a hell of a scope
Takin out a cop or two, they can't cope with me
The motherfuckin villian that's mad
With potential, to get bad as fuck
So I'ma turn it around
Put in my clip, yo, and this is the sound
[BOOM, BOOM] Yeah, somethin like that
but it all depends on the size of the gat
Takin out a police, would make my day
But a nigga like Ren don't give a fuck to say

[cut and scratched x4] "Fuck the police"

[Cop] [knocking on the door]
[NWA] Yeah man, what you need?
[Cop] Police, open now
[NWA] Aww shit
[Cop] We have a warrant for Eazy-E's arrest
[Cop] Get down and put your hands up where I can see 'em
(Move motherfucker, move now!)
[NWA] What the fuck did I do, man what did I do?
[Cop] Just shut the fuck up
and get your motherfuckin ass on the floor
(You heard the man, shut the fuck up!)
[NWA] But I didn't do shit
[Cop] Man just shut the fuck up!

[Dr. Dre]
Eazy-E, won't you step up to the stand
and tell the jury how you feel about this bullshit?

[Eazy-E]
I'm tired of the motherfuckin jackin
Sweatin my gang, while I'm chillin in the shack, and
shinin the light in my face, and for what?
Maybe it's because I kick so much butt
I kick ass - or maybe cause I blast
on a stupid-assed nigga when I'm playin with the trigger
of any Uzi or an AK
Cause the police always got somethin stupid to say
They put out my picture with silence
Cause my identity by itself causes violence
The E with the criminal behavior
Yeah, I'm a gangsta, but still I got flavor
Without a gun and a badge, what do ya got?
A sucker in a uniform waitin to get shot
by me, or another nigga
And with a gat it don't matter if he's smaller or bigger
(MC Ren: Size ain't shit, he's from the old school fool)
And as you all know, E's here to rule
Whenever I'm rollin, keep lookin in the mirror
And ears on cue, yo, so I can hear a
dumb motherfucker with a gun
And if I'm rollin off the 8, he'll be the one
that I take out, and then get away
While I'm drivin off laughin this is what I'll say

[cut and scratched x4] "Fuck the police"

The verdict

[Dre] The jury has found you guilty of bein a redneck,
white bread, chickenshit motherfucker
[Cop] But wait, that's a lie! That's a god damn lie!
[Dre] Get him out of here!
[Cop] I want justice!
[Dre] Get him the fuck out my face!
[Cop] I want justice!
[Dre] Out, RIGHT NOW!
[Cop] FUCK YOU, YOU BLACK MOTHER-FUCKERRRRRRRRRRRRS!

Fuck the police! [x3]
"Cops that lie, need to die!" A police officer that lies to get an arrest or send someone to prison should be shot.

"In the U.S., a cop with a gun can commit the most heinous crime and be given the benefit of the doubt."

"The U.S. Government does not have rights, it has privileges delegated to it by the people."
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Postby Ancap » 08 Nov 2007, Thu 2:20 am

Cop Killer - Body Count

Cop killer! yeah!

I got my black shirt on.
I got my black gloves on.
I got my ski mask on.
This shits been too long.
I got my twelve gauge sawed off.
I got my headlights turned off.
Im bout to bust some shots off.
Im bout to dust some cops off.

Im a cop killer, better you than me.
Cop killer, fuck police brutality!
Cop killer, I know your familys grieving,
(fuck em!)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even, ha ha.

I got my brain on hype.
Tonightll be your night.
I got this long-assed knife.
And your neck looks just right.
My adrenalines pumpin.
I got my stereo bumpin.
Im bout to kill me somethin.
A pig stopped me for nuthin!

Cop killer, better you than me.
Cop killer, fuck police brutality!
Cop killer, I know your mommas grieving,
(fuck her!)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even, yeah!

Die, die, die pig, die!

Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!

Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Yeah!

Cop killer, better you than me.
Im a cop killer, fuck police brutality!
Cop killer, I know your familys grieving,
(fuck em!)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even, ha ha ha ha, yeah!

Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!

Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Break it down.

Fuck the police, yeah!
Fuck the police, for darryl gates.
Fuck the police, for rodney king.
Fuck the police, for my dead homies.
Fuck the police, for your freedom.
Fuck the police, dont be a pussy.
Fuck the police, have some muthafuckin courage.
Fuck the police, sing along.

Cop killer!
Cop killer!
Cop killer!
Cop killer!

Cop killer! whaddyou wanna be when you grow up?
Cop killer! good choice.
Cop killer! Im a muthafuckin
Cop killer!

Cop killer, better you than me.
Cop killer, fuck police brutality!
Cop killer, I know your mommas grieving,
(fuck her!)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even!
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Postby Ancap » 08 Nov 2007, Thu 2:20 am

Cop Killer - Body Count

Cop killer! yeah!

I got my black shirt on.
I got my black gloves on.
I got my ski mask on.
This shits been too long.
I got my twelve gauge sawed off.
I got my headlights turned off.
Im bout to bust some shots off.
Im bout to dust some cops off.

Im a cop killer, better you than me.
Cop killer, fuck police brutality!
Cop killer, I know your familys grieving,
(fuck em!)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even, ha ha.

I got my brain on hype.
Tonightll be your night.
I got this long-assed knife.
And your neck looks just right.
My adrenalines pumpin.
I got my stereo bumpin.
Im bout to kill me somethin.
A pig stopped me for nuthin!

Cop killer, better you than me.
Cop killer, fuck police brutality!
Cop killer, I know your mommas grieving,
(fuck her!)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even, yeah!

Die, die, die pig, die!

Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!

Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Yeah!

Cop killer, better you than me.
Im a cop killer, fuck police brutality!
Cop killer, I know your familys grieving,
(fuck em!)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even, ha ha ha ha, yeah!

Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!

Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Fuck the police!
Break it down.

Fuck the police, yeah!
Fuck the police, for darryl gates.
Fuck the police, for rodney king.
Fuck the police, for my dead homies.
Fuck the police, for your freedom.
Fuck the police, dont be a pussy.
Fuck the police, have some muthafuckin courage.
Fuck the police, sing along.

Cop killer!
Cop killer!
Cop killer!
Cop killer!

Cop killer! whaddyou wanna be when you grow up?
Cop killer! good choice.
Cop killer! Im a muthafuckin
Cop killer!

Cop killer, better you than me.
Cop killer, fuck police brutality!
Cop killer, I know your mommas grieving,
(fuck her!)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even!
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Postby Ancap » 08 Nov 2007, Thu 2:30 am

Search & Seizure - Nuclear Assault

Up in the morning, feeling alive
Not in the mood for ordeals
Get in my car just to go for a ride
Another day at the wheel
Bang into third
Tachometer rises to 3000 RPM
Look into the rear view mirror and lo and behold
Oh fudge, not again

Search and seizure [2x]

What does he want me for?
What did I do?
I never break any laws
The lights are flashing
The sirens scream
My heart hits a moment of pause
I pull to the side
He pulls up behind
The moment of truth is not far
With his gun drawn and expressionless eyes
He says "Wanna step out of the car?"

Search and seizure [2x]

Out on bail, back in my home
I think I'll hang in tonight
They can't touch me behind these walls
It's there I'll be safe tonight
Quarter past four
A knock at the door
I wonder who could be there
"It's New Jersey's finest, you're under arrest
Come with us, longhair"

Search and seizure [4x]
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