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AN ENEMY OF THE STATE

Disagreement yet swirls about whether Edward Snowden is a hero or traitor.  The government, however, has no doubt.  The government has branded him a pariah to be hunted down as an enemy of the State. 

AN ENEMY OF THE STATE
(To the tune of, “The Gentleman is a Dope,” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II from Broadway musical Allegro (1947))

An enemy of the State
You dread being known
They’ll hunt you down, and when you’re found
They’ll end you with a drone
An enemy of the State
Can never feel free
You’re looking over your shoulder
They’ve made you an enemy

An enemy of the State.
Can run but can’t hide.
The CIA and NSA
Have tentacles too wide.
An enemy of the State.
Surely will agree
“You fear the dark of the shadows”
They’ve made you an enemy

And now you’re a lonely stranger
Driven to foreign shores
And who’s branded you a danger?
Bureaucrats behind secret doors

An enemy of the State
Has not too long to live
The CIA and NSA
Are not prone to forgive
An enemy of the State
Fears every one he’ll see
You’re paranoid for good reasons
They’ve made you an enemy.

Lyric © 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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