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Last year I was shooting a video in Montreal and when I stepped out of my hotel I heard shouting and explosions. Up to my left was a line of riot police banging their sticks against their shields and marching towards a bunch of teenagers who were protesting the raise in tuition fees.

As the police launched tear gas, and the acrid clouds of smoke drifted through the city streets, I grew increasingly angry at how the powers that be are trying to shut down people's ability to protest. The security put in place for the G20 conference in Toronto was absurd, governments have lost all sense of perspective. I wrote this song in response to that protest.

I'm still working on the arrangement, and the song has yet to be mixed.

Knuckleback Street will be featured on my next CD, Russian Revolution, due out in March of 2013.


KNUCKLEBACK STREET
Words and music by Rob Thompson

Revo, revolution.
Violent, evolution.

Here on Knuckleback Street,
The kids are restless.

Riot, just like you mean it,
Upset, the proletariat.

Here on Knuckleback Street,
The kids are watching.

Throbbing, throbbing and beating.
The riot police, it's them we'll be deleting.

Here on Knuckleback Street,
The kids are learning.

(Crazy mixed up solo)

Fighting, fighting and winning.
Tear gas, the right-wing are fleeing.

Here on Knuckleback Street,
The kids are marching .

Revo, revolution.
Revo, revolution.
Revo, revolution.

Revo, revolution.