Milk: It Does a City Good (By the Civic Center Stairs)

from by Great Apes



Centered around the work and resonance of the late Harvey Milk and the murder trial of Dan White, Milk: It Does a City Good is sung by the Civic Center steps.

stepping stones for shined shoes
greased-palm façade
a ladder to the backrooms
of self-service and fraud
between the press pass handshakes
and demolition smiles
I’ve seen hope in a neck tie
every once in a while…

a healing hand for the outcasts’ reach
from the labor yards to Castro Street
let the silent sing through the martyr’s song
let the candles burn from the protest lawn

saint of mothers and teachers
hushed lovers and freaks
while the stubborn stewed scowling
in trembling council seats
oh how the threats came daily
inked in fear
with the chill of premonition
a speaking ghost appears

White in the office
police-issued .38
a Twinkie for the judge
while the jury deliberates

let the bullet shatter every closet door
every landlord's lust, every profiteer's war
let it scream the tune of justice and humility
in the ivory halls let it call for responsibility


from Playland at the Beach, released November 12, 2014


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