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Bruce Hornsby - The Black Rats Of London Live 8/9/2011

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Uploaded on Aug 10, 2011

Bruce was doing a request show and this was one of them. Love this song! Sorry about all the crowd chatter.
Lyrics...
In our beautiful pursuit, of manifest destiny
We give ourselves great credit
We thank the Good Lord so earnestly
But something′s been omitted, by the writers of history
Now stand up all unsung heroes who
Made this world for you and me

(Jamestown)
Night crawlers cleared the forests, of seedlings, nuts and leaves
And everything everywhere dried up and the natives got the dry heaves
Mosquitoes brought malaria and bees brought their hives
And the Indians got less scarier with yellow skin and eyes

Hoorah, hooray, the black rats of London
They crossed the sea for you and me
Let′s raise a glass so thankfully
Hail, Hail, hooray, the black rats of London
Made the long treacherous passage too
Spread their natural juices, a gift to you

(Yorktown)
Parasites decimated the red army of Cornwallis and his flock
Standing weakly on Yorktown battlefield with measles and small pox
Horses, hogs, chickens and dogs, and John Rolfe′s prized worms
Divine intervention, bacterial strains from imported English dirt

Hoorah, hooray, the black rats of London
They crossed the sea for you and me
Let′s raise a glass so thankfully
Hail, Hail, hooray, the black rats of London
Made the long treacherous passage too
Spread their natural juices, a gift to you

Pat yourself on the back, you did a great job
And the black rats of London made such a glorious, vicious mob

Sorry Rene it′s just not true
Parameciums have feelings too

Where were the black rats
When we needed them the most
There were slave owners to infect
And the Joe Mengeles of the American West

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