Across the Lines Lyrics

Tracy Chapman


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Tracy L Chapman
album: Track 3 in album Tracy Chapman
release date: 1988-4-1
popularity : 233 users have visited this page.
length: 3:25
engineer: Kevin Smith
bass: Larry Klein
acoustic guitar: Tracy Chapman
hammered dulcimer: Jack Holder
drums: Denny Fongheiser
mix: Kevin Smith
producer: David Kershenbaum
vocal: Tracy Chapman
composer: Tracy Chapman
lyricist: Tracy Chapman

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Across the lines
Who would dare to go
Under the bridge
Over the tracks
That separates whites from blacks

Choose sides
Or run for your life
Tonight the riots begin
On the back streets of America
They kill the dream of America

Little black girl gets ***aulted
Ain't no reason why
Newspaper prints the story
And racist tempers fly
Next day it starts a riot
Knives and guns are drawn
Two black boys get killed
One white boy goes blind

Little black girl gets ***aulted
Don't no one know her name
Lots of people hurt and angry
She's the one to blame

Track Listing

  • 1 Talkin’ Bout a Revolution
  • 2 Fast Car
  • 3 Across the Lines
  • 4 Behind the Wall
  • 5 Baby Can I Hold You
  • 6 Mountains o’ Things
  • 7 She’s Got Her Ticket
  • 8 Why?
  • 9 For My Lover
  • 10 If Not Now…
  • 11 For You