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Tracy Chapman - Behind the Wall

Last night I heard the screaming
Loud voices behind the wall
Another sleepless night for me
It won't do no good to call
The police
Always come late hey
If they come at all

Last night I heard the screaming
Loud voices behind the wall
Another sleepless night for me
It won't do no good to call
The police
Always come late hey
If they come at all

And when they arrive
They say they can't interfere
With domestic affairs
Between a man and his wife
And as they walk out the door
The tears well up in her eyes

Last night I heard the screaming
Then a silence that chilled my soul
Prayed that I was dreaming
When I saw the ambulance in the road

And the policeman said
"I'm here to keep the peace
Will the crowd disperse
I think we all could use some sleep"

Last night I heard the screaming
Loud voices behind the wall
Another sleepless night for me
It won't do no good to call
The police
Always come late hey
If they come at all

A haunting a cappella song about domestic violence. Domestic violence is a common problem with 1.3% of all women in the US saying they have experienced domestic violence in a year and nearly 1 in 4 women experience a physical assault from a partner in adulthood. She is frustrated by the inaction of the police and her own helplessness as the woman next door is beaten up. This relates to similar anti-authority sentiments in other songs in the album such as “Talking ‘Bout a Revolution” and “Across The Lines.”

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