“Everybody Knows” – Hurray for the Riff Raff ft Kate Cavazos [BandCamp Audio Single]

LYRICS

I went down to Memphis Town
Stood around where they shot him down
‘Cause everybody knows what’s waiting at the end of the road
and everybody sees but they don’t care to believe
Long ago in Memphis town
streets were filled with a glorious sound
You can still see your old woman just standing there
magnolia blossom shining in her hair

Florida’s got the warm sunshine
but the headline breaks this heart of mine
‘cause now there’s a young man running and he don’t know why
He just knows he’s been born a bullseye
Well they say he died ‘cause he wore a hood
I guess he can’t do it but the Ku Klux could
And everybody knows what’s waiting at the end of the road
and everybody sees but they don’t care to believe

Memphis got a tale to tell
You can find it at the Lorraine Motel
Oh and Trayvon can you hear me now
I wanna help you, but I don’t know how
‘Cause everybody knows what’s waiting at the end of the road
and everybody sees but they don’t care to believe

Hurray for the Riff Raff frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra re-released “Everybody Knows” this week through a timely series called Our First 100 Days, supporting causes which are being negatively impacted by the presidential administration of Donald Trump.

First released as a YouTube video in 2013 (this Bandcamp version is the same recording, but with better sound quality), “Everybody Knows” is an emotional ballad inspired by the tragic murders of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida and civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis. Joining Segarra is fellow New Orleans singer Kate Cavazos. Over a bare guitar, the two reflect upon the feelings of heartbreak and denial that come in the face of crisis. The result is a timeless protest song.

Organized by The Secretly Group — consisting of indie record labels Secretly Canadian, Dead Oceans, and Jagjaguwar, among others — the Our First 100 Days campaign is an ongoing project with the mission of releasing “one rare, unreleased or exclusive song per day,” and giving all profits to organizations “working on the front lines of climate, women’s rights, immigration and fairness.”

The same group was behind the 30 Songs, 30 Days campaign leading up to the election in 2016, which had standout tracks like “Same Old Lie” by Jim James, “Demagogue” by Franz Ferdinand, and a live version of “In a Free Land” by Bob Mould.

Hurray for the Riff Raff’s seventh studio album, The Navigator, will be released March 2017 through ATO Records. For the latest music, news, and tour dates, check out Zumic’s Hurray for the Riff Raff artist page.

Source: Hurray for the Riff Raff Official YouTube Channel