Photo of the artist Rory Gallagher

Brute Force & Ignorance

Rory Gallagher

Brute force and ignorance
Just hit town
Looking like survivors
From the lost and found
Brute force and ignorance
Have come to play
A one-night stand at eight o'clock
Then they'll be on their way

This old town's exploding
And the mayor's uptight
He'd like to make it to the show
But he knows it's not his night

He's got to be beholding
To his legal spouse
But she's put the thumbscrews on him
And snuck out of the house

There she goes

The picture on the poster
Raised an eyebrow or two
At fifty-five to seven
Lord, you should've seen the queue

City slick and country hick,
They came one and all,
The traffic-light girl and the downhome kids
Assembled in the hall

Brute force and ignorance
Yes, that's the name
The young folks gonna miss them
Now they've gone away

Well, the show got so crazy
Today they took the billboard down
I'll never forget the scene last night
When the band was escorted out of town

This little town's back in slow motion
I'm sad to say
After the confusion
It'll never be the same

Well, I took a walk down main street
Just to pass the time
And I could hear that music
Still rolling through my mind

Brute force and ignorance
They sure hit town
And if you want to find them, buddy
They're down at the lost and found

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