Kick The Ladder Out

from by Chris Shepard



There's a lot of talk of taking away
I hear they're taking away
Don't really know what I know
But I know what they're telling me
I know how to say what they're telling me
They're gonna take it away

I've got something that they all want to have
What they need, but they're telling me it's not a right
So they're telling me I've gotta keep it all to myself
If I've got it and they've got it then it's not my own

It's a big boondoggle
Everybody everybody who's anybody knows
It's a whole lot of rubble
It's as plain as the face on the front of your nose

I made it
Kick the ladder out

They keep telling me they want their rights
And the rights are the rights of the whites like me
They keep telling me they want to move in
Don't want to live in sin
They want to sin like me

They keep telling me he's not my man
He's from a foreign land
He's not a man like me
They keep telling me, they're telling me
The things that I want to hear
I want to live in fear

It's a big boondoggle
Everybody's somebody who nobody knows
We're in a whole lot of trouble
It's a whole lot of holes where the money goes

I made it
Kick the ladder out

They keep telling me he's selling us out
When he kowtow bows and he's selling us
Selling us something we don't need 'cause we already have
But nobody else has
But we have, so we don't need

If they give everyone what we have
What we have won't be worth giving away
They keep telling me we need disparity and relativity
We need poverty

It's a big bamboozle
By everyone The One sees fit to anoint
It's a mass refusal
It's as plain as a palm reader's talking points

I made it
Kick the ladder out


from The Sweetbrier Sessions, released January 1, 2012



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Chris Shepard Roanoke, Virginia

"Chris Shepard ... an uncompromising original artist with a unique, darkly comic vision. He is also able to write affecting lyrics and memorable melodies in conventional song format. As a performer, he has a powerful and rhythmic guitar technique, and sings with exceptional strength and range. He deserves widespread recognition."

Randy Walker, Roanoke Times
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