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The Motor City Is Burning

This song is by John Lee Hooker and appears on the album Urban Blues (1968).

Ooh, the Motor City is burning, babe, there ain't a thing in the world that I can do
Don't you know, don't you know, the big D is burning, ain't a thing in the world lil' Johnny can do
My hometown burning down to the ground, worser than Vietnam

It started on 12th Clair Mount that morning, I just don't know what it's all about
It started on 12th Clair Mount that morning, I don't know what it's all about
The fire wagons kept comin', the snipers just wouldn't let them put it out

Fire bombs bursting all around me, and soldiers was everywhere
Oh fire bombs falling all around me, and soldiers standin' everywhere
I can hear the people screaming, sirens fill the air

I don't know what the trouble is, I can't stay around to find it out
I don't know, I don't know what the trouble is this morning, I just can't stay around to find it out
Takin' my wife and my family, and lil' Johnny Lee is ??? out

The Motor City is burning, ain't a thing that I can do
Ooh the Motor City is burning, ain't a thing that I can do
I just hope people, it'd never happen to you

Yes yes, I can hear the firemen
He said "hey get out of here"

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