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Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends, song lyrics

Song: Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends
Lyrics: Phil Ochs(1) (3)

Music: Phil Ochs(1) (3)
Year: 1967
Genre:
Country: USA


Oh, Look outside a window, there's a woman being grabbed,(2)
They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed.
Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain,
But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game. And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody,
Outside of a small circle of friends.

Riding down the highway, yes, my back is getting stiff,
Thirteen cars are piled up, they're hanging on a cliff.
Maybe we should pull them back with our towing chain,
But we gotta move and we might get sued and it looks like it's gonna rain.
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody,
Outside of a small circle of friends.
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Sweating in the ghetto with the colored and the poor,
The rats have joined the babies who are sleeping on the floor.
Now wouldn't it be a riot(4) if they really blew their tops?
But they got too much already and besides we got the cops.
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody,
Outside of a small circle of friends.

Oh there's a dirty paper using sex to make a sale,
The Supreme Court was so upset, they sent him off to jail.(5)
Maybe we should help the fiend and take away his fine.
But we're busy reading Playboy and the Sunday New York Times.
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody,
Outside of a small circle of friends.
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Smoking marihuana is more fun than drinking beer,
But a friend of ours was captured and they gave him thirty years.
Maybe we should raise our voices, ask somebody why,
But demonstrations are a drag, besides we're much too high.
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody,
Outside of a small circle of friends.

Oh look outside a window, there's a woman being grabbed,
They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed.
Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain,
But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game.
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody,
Outside of a small circle of friends.


[ Additional verse, 1974]

Down in Santiago where they took away our mines,(6)
We cut off all their money so they robbed the storehouse blind.
Now maybe we should ask some questions, maybe shed a tear,
But I bet you a copper penny, it cannot happen here.
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody,
Outside of a small circle of friends.


Notes:

1 - Released in 1967, on the Phil Ochs album, Pleasures of the Harbor.

2 - The first verse is a commentary on the murder of Kitty Genovese. She was murdered March 13th, 1964 in NYC. Many people watched the murder from their balconies while doing nothing, not even calling the police. Vincent Mosely, assaulted her and stabbed her over more than 3 hours, and when he saw nobody was taking any action, he came back and stabbed her some more. During the trial one witness to the murder said, "We didn't want to get involved." Mosely the murderer said:, "I knew they wouldn't do anything; They never do." See also Thirty-Eight Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police New York Time report, March 27, 1964, and; Debunking the myth of Kitty Genovese, New York Post, Feb 16, 2014.

3 - Phil Ochs (1940 - 1976) biography.

4 - A reference to the Harlem riot of 1964, 1964 Philadelphia riot; (Los Angeles) Watts riots, and other riots going on in the USA, particularly from 1963 onwards.

5 - This is probably a reference to the Roth v. United States (1957) ruling. Link is to Wikipedia.

6 - Santiago is the capital of Chile. This is probably a reference to the military coup that ousted Chilean President Salvador Allende, who dies, and brought General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte to power. See 20th century history in Chile in Wikipedia