My grandmother used to live in Forest Gate. When I was nine years old I
rode my little bike the two miles from my home to visit her. Mum was
cross as it was a spur of the moment thing and I hadn't asked her permission. She would probably have allowed me. Mums did that sort of thing in those days.
This shooting was just past Wanstead Park tube station. We'll be passing
through there on the tube tomorrow - both ways. Luckily we're not
fourteen years old.
`Johnny used to work after school
at the cinema show.
Gotta hustle if he wants an education
Yeah he's got a long way to go.
Now he's out on the streets all day
selling Crack to the people who pay.
Got an AK-47 for his best friend
business the American way.
Eastside meets Westside downtown.
time, the walls fall down
Black man, trapped again. Holds his
chain in his hand.
Brother killing brother for the profit of another,
Game point, nobody wins`.*
(*Lyrics from "Empire", a rock album by Queensryche, penned twenty seven years ago)