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41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots....
and we'll take that ride
'cross this bloody river
to the other side
41 shots... cut through the night
You're kneeling over his body in the vestibule
Praying for his...

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    kooljohn176
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    May 17th, 2016 5:30pm report


    The more the time passes by the more BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN should be acknowleged even more, instead of praising those Zionist neo-cons warmongers. American traitors of 911 that called Bruce a dirt bag, 'cause he expressed his ''RIGHTEOUS RIGHT'' to protest against the lack of training and racism that killed and still kills us. But this song is also about the obvious ''collective hatred evil'' that was in the air and in the Police Dep't set in the minds of the police officers that seems they've vented their hatred to protect themselves against one man Amadiu Diallo by shooting 41 shots at him by the 4 officers. The more I think about it, the more insane it looks, I mean were the police officers that angry, irresponsible or diabollicly that possessed to shoot 41 shots at one person. Who may have been just foolish to pull his wallet out for whatever reason when he was told by the officers to surrender and raise his hands[arms], but he didn't have a weapon[gun].



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    WildBilly
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    Jun 15th, 2014 6:51pm report


    Its the "Lena" stanza that's key. Bruce used the Diallo thing as a metaphor for the idea that if you are a young black man in this society you're looked at differently. No one wants to say it but its true. If Diallo was white it might have bought him a few seconds...enough time to show that he was holding up his wallet.



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    Tazmania
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    Mar 24th, 2012 3:10pm report


    41 Shots was written in response to the shooting death of Amadiu Diallo by four New York detectives on February 4, 1999. The officers shot Diallo, an immigrant from West Africa, as he reached into his jacket for his identification. Investigations showed that the detectives fired 41 shots with 19 hitting Diallo and that Diallo was unarmed.




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