I'm an optimist

by Paul Chesne

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Ferguson. Ferguson. Ferguson.

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C
This kind Thanksgiving
F C
I’m gonna take a chance
C G
And talk about a black man but not about his guilt or innocence
F
After a run in with a police man
C
he was dead in 90 seconds
G F C
He didn’t have a trial he didn’t have a weapon

C F C
After 3 months of careful consideration by a grand jury
C G
That police man is walking away with full immunity
F C
He claims to have clear conscience
G F C
Not to say that he was in the wrong but that don’t make no sense
G F C
might be time to reevaluate the meaning of self defense

C F C
To hear it from the outlaw’s friend he was scared it sounds intense
C G
The whole thing was over in a scatter of moments
F C G
involuntarily heaving pain after witnessing the death of his friend

C F C
To hear it from the police man he was cool, calm and collected
C G
He was fully justified in the shooting death of an unarmed man
F C
No one disputes the fact that they got in to an argument
G F C
but there was no due process and there was no arrest

F
We could blame the system
C
Call it an isolated incident
G F C
but this thing happens every day in our brave and free homeland

F C
So I sit at an home and cry as I watch the citizens protest
G
We’re still getting over slavery
F C
Our society is violent
F C
It could all be just one horrible accident
G
We’re still getting over slavery
F C
Our society is violent
C F C
Hopefully someday we can look back at this event
G F C
And see it as a cultural awakening artifact
F
Chalk it up to my naiveté
C
Chalk it up to my innocence
G F C
But the only thing I have left to say is that I’m an optimist

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released November 29, 2014

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