The Ballad of Alex Nieto

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A Frisco homie killed by cops
14 bullets til they stopped
To check him, make sure they wrecked him
Severed spine, shattered jaw
For a homie if the law
Selects him, if Frisco police get him
He was up on Bernal Hill
Sitting where he always chilled
Since childhood, thinking “this is my hood”
The cops arrived, thoughts awry,
What they saw a stereotype
A hood rat, murder’s what he’s good at

The cops only were there
Cause the hood’s gentrified
The new neighbors were scared
Called the cops, homie died

For 28 years he had lived here
Walked Bernal Hill
With his parents when he was a child
Fresco has changed, the place is deranged
Watch out you’ll get killed
When you see the police, smile

Saggy pants, Niners gear
Filled the techies full of fear
New neighbors, the Google, Uber labor
An email market specialist
Saw the homie as a risk
A hood rat, murder’s what he’s good at
He saw the homie gun in hand
What he didn’t understand
Till later, the gun was just a taser
On the homie’s face a frown
A big dog had just chased him down
The weapon, pulled out to protect him

The techie called the police
What came next, no surprise
Homies a dying breed
Where the hood’s gentrified

For just a few years the techies been here
They walk Bernal Hill
They don’t know that they’re the scary ones
The city has changed, the place is deranged
Watch out you’ll get killed
When you see a techie, run


from Red Lines, released June 1, 2017
Composer: Jesse Alejandro Cottrell




Brumblehag San Francisco, California

Brumblehag is a Bay Area band composed of Matthew Ferry and Jesse Alejandro Cottrell.

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