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Cesspools in Eden
by the Dead Kennedys
from the album, Bedtime for Democracy
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Poison is bubbling beneath your dreamhome
Buried there years before
Kid runs in crying from playing in the garden
"Mommy, I burned my hands!"

"What's making our eyes so itchy?"
"Don't rub 'em, they'll swell up."
Oh, Oh Oh Oh
It's the big waste dump!

We built your ticky-tacky houses on landfill soil
To cover up a gift we left you years before
Of toxic chemicals and leaking gas
Just dig a little while, you'll find our acid baths

Cesspools in Eden
Oozing away

Groundwater's poisoned, air stinks like hell
The lines for doctors grow long
Over martinis, the company laughs
"We don't owe you one damn thing."

But what about all these fainting spells?
How'd you like a lick from my open sores?
A nd Oh, Oh Oh Oh
Why are our babies stillborn?

A storage tank's leaking, it's about to explode
Why evacuate when you can watch the fun?
Nothing happens here, get out the lawn chairs
We'll drink pink lemonade and watch Martinez burn

Cesspools in Eden
Oozing away
Cesspools in Eden
Leak by the day

The land we sold you is right atop our acid pits
We fill them by the truckload in the dead of night
There's thousands more toxic tips of the iceberg
We pay a little bribe or we just don't report them
And see what you get:

Cesspools in Eden
In Eden
No accident, Just a little of our greed-fueled negligence

So you've found the proof why your cancer rate's shot up
But whatcha gonna do when we've got all the cards?
Times Beach, Rocky Flats, Love Canal & Bhopal
Merry Christmas, hostages, from the folks that care

Cesspools in Eden
Oozing away
Cesspools in Eden
Leak by the day
Cesspools in Eden
In Eden
Have a nice day!

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