Pat Flanakin
Burning Embers
┬ęPat Flanakin

We stand among the ashes shocked and in a daze
We sift through souvenirs of promises we made

I reach my hand to you, but you just walk away
And say oh no

VERSE The streets are quiet now, the sky is hazy gray
The sun is breakin' through into a brand new day

And in my soul I feel a fraction of your pain
You say oh no

Burning embers, falling down
Streets of sadness, without a sound

No one listens, to skin of brown
I say to you what can we do
(I say to you what can we do)

The air is ripe with the stench of poverty
This social structure imprisoned you not me

A hundred years have passed and you're still on your knees
I say oh no
- Chorus -
- Break -

What can I do, what can I say to help a friend
Why can't I see beyond the color of your skin

It's such a crime to me that we can't start again
Oh no
- Chorus - 2X

I say to you, what can we do
Lyrics Credits: Pat Flanakin
Music Credits: Pat Flanakin
Producer Credits: Pat Flanakin
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Short Song Description:
I wrote this song about the 1992 riots in Los Angeles prompted by the Rodney King beating by L.A. police, but it could also apply to racial injustice

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Long Song Description:
This is a song that describes the scene after the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. My wife and I were there and witnessed much of the town on fire, businesses closing down and commuters taking 6 hours to get home on a normally 15 minute commute; fear and panic
Story Behind the Song:
My wife and I were in L.A. at the time of the riots and witnessed the smoke coming through our windows, the fear of the people, and the destruction of the businesses burned down and looted. The feeling of much of the people at that time was that LAPD oft
Song Length: 5:52
Primary Genre: Rock-General
Secondary Genre: Unique-Soundtracks
Tempo: Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Civil Rights
Subject Matter 2: Race/Ethnicity
Mood 1: Distressed
Language: English
Era: 1990 - 1999